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Virgil Ortiz Turkey Track Dog Tag Necklace
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Created for the Smithsonian by award-winning Cochiti Pueblo artist Virgil Ortiz, this handmade Virgil Ortiz Turkey Track Dog Tag Necklace features one of Virgil Ortiz’s signature motifs—turkey tracks, an old regalia design that has come to symbolize good luck—on the dog tag and on the turkey track pendant. The clever turkey track designs of this Virgil Ortiz Dog Tag Necklace makes it impossible to tell the front of the feet from the back—implying “no one can track your next move.” Sterling silver ball chain, dog tag, pendant, and lobster clasp. Handmade in the U.S.A. Gift boxed.
This chic Virgil Ortiz Turkey Track Dog Tag Necklace reflects the intensely graphic designs of all of Ortiz’s creations—pottery, fashion, carpets, murals, and now jewelry. Informed by traditional Cochiti motifs—especially as expressed in the pottery of his grandmother and mother who taught him their craft—the designs of Ortiz’s handmade jewelry are adaptations of Cochiti artistic techniques and traditions, which it his mission to help preserve. The work of Ortiz was featured at the Smithsonian in the exhibition Virgil Ortiz: La Renaissance Indigène at our National Museum of the American Indian-New York, The George Gustav Heye Center.
Chain, 29.5"l. Dog Tag, 1.75"l. Turkey Track, 1.25"l.

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