Navajo Buckle

G-1-72 Navajo buckle.

The Navajo are an Athabaskan speaking people belonging to the Nadene linguistic family and refer to themselves as the “Dene” which means the people. Like their close relations, the Apache, they migrated in ancient times from the far northern Canadian interior into what is now the southwestern United States. They have the largest reservation in the country, which is also their traditional homeland, encompassing parts of southeast Utah, northeast Arizona and northwest New Mexico. The Navajo were the first to become famous for silver and turquoise jewelry in the Southwest. This buckle is typical of the stamp work done by the Navajo during the 1940's.

It measures 3 inches long by 2 inches wide and fits a standard 1 1/2 inches leather belt. Circa 1945. $495.00