Navajo Inlaid Dragonfly Pin

Navajo Inlaid Dragonfly Pin


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This dragonfly in flight was made by Navajo silversmith, Joe Martinez.  It definitely appears to be enjoying time in the air!  The face and wings are stamped with nice detail on the wings.  the body is inlaid turquoise and jet, and the end part of the tail is detailed.  It has a pin back and is stamped "M" on the back.  More on dragonflies below.

Size: 1.5" H x 2" W

Dragonflies have different, yet similar meanings throughout Native America.  In Zuni, they are messengers between this world and the next and are related to the coming rains and corn.  In other tribes they are strong protectors, as dragonflies are one of the very few creatures that can fight while flying backwards.  They are known to watch our backs and offer protection.  Their symbol is a vertical line with two horizontal bars, and can be seen on war shirts, shields and painted on horses going into battle.