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Virgil Ortiz Turkey Tracks Chain Link Necklace
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Created for the Smithsonian by award-winning Cochiti Pueblo artist Virgil Ortiz, this handmade Virgil Ortiz Turkey Tracks Chain Link Necklace links rectangular accents featuring a turkey track design. One of Virgil Ortiz’s signature motifs, turkey tracks are an old regalia design that has come to symbolize good luck. The clever design of this necklace makes it impossible to tell the front of the foot from the back—implying “no one can track your next move.” Sterling silver with lobster clasp. Handmade in the U.S.A. Gift boxed.
This striking Virgil Ortiz Turkey Tracks Chain Link 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.

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