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Virgil Ortiz Turkey Tracks Stud Earrings
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These handmade Virgil Ortiz Turkey Tracks Stud Earrings were created for the Smithsonian by award-winning Cochiti Pueblo artist Virgil Ortiz. Featuring one of Virgil Ortiz’s signature motifs, the clever design of these Virgil Ortiz Turkey Tracks Stud Earrings makes it impossible to tell the front of the foot from the back—implying “no one can track your next move.” Turkey track motifs from old regalia have come to symbolize good luck. Sterling silver with post backs. Handmade in the U.S.A. Gift boxed.
These stylish Virgil Ortiz Turkey Tracks Stud Earrings reflect 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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