The Wilma Ring
The Wilma Ring
The Wilma Ring

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The Wilma Ring

Regular price $175.00 Sale price $125.00

"Growth is a painful process. The secret of our success is that we never, never give up." - Wilma Mankiller, first woman to be elected Chief of the Cherokee Nation

  • sterling silver
  • turquoise, coral, onyx, and mother of pearl inlays
  • circa 1960's
  •  2.5" tall
  • currently a size 6.5

The kachina is a supernatural being in Southwestern Zuni tribes. A kachina can symbolize in anything in the natural or spiritual world or and can take on many form. It can represent an ancestor, a location, or even a belief. The Zuni believe that kachinas live in the Lake of the Dead, a mythological place that is on a different place where ancestral spirits reside.

During ceremonial celebrations, men dress up as kachinas with elaborate masks and costumes. These lively parties often bring friends and relatives from neighboring towns together, the night ending with a big feast and dance party. This signed Native American ring depicts a dancing kachina, an homage to the connection of the different worlds our spirits inhabit. 

 

You can learn more about why we named this ring after Wilma Mankiller here.