Deanna Tenorio from Kewa Pueblo hand-rolled this necklace out of pen shell, clam shell, catlinite, green turquoise and jet. The closure is sterling silver hook and eye. To make it, she chipped out each piece, drilled a hole through each chip of stone or shell, strung the chips on a wire and then rolled, and rolled, and rolled them until they are all the same width. There is nothing quite like hand-rolled Kewa beads!
Size: 18" in length
Many of the Pueblos in New Mexico took on Spanish names after colonization and are now taking back their original names. Kewa Pueblo is the traditional name of the place and the people. It was known as Santo Domingo Pueblo for many, many years.