There is perhaps no art form more synonymous with Southwest Native American jewelry than the Squash Blossom Necklace. The history of this iconic necklace is a fascinating tale of the fusion of cultures and an enduring fashion statement across generations.
The following is a description of the design elements used in the Tree of Life / Corn Pollen Chant Navajo sandpainting. At the center is a Cornstalk which is one of the four sacred plants of the Navajo people – 1. Corn (used in wedding and healing ceremonies) 2. Squash 3. Beans 4. Tobacco The fanned feathers at the top of the Central Cornstalk symbolize the powers of clear thought and good judgment.