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50 Grams - Navajo Ghost Beads Cedar Juniper Berries Seeds with Holes
50 Grams - Navajo Ghost Beads Cedar Juniper Berries Seeds with Holes

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Product Code: 50GHOSTBEADS

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50 Gram (approx 270-330 beads) bag of:

Navajo Ghost Beads - Cedar Berries with holes

Due to the nature of this product, the beads range from 4mm-8mm+/- or so.

Navajo Ghost Beads are culturally significant among the Navajo people, indigenous to the southwestern United States. Traditionally believed to offer protection against ghosts and evil spirits, these beads are utilized in ceremonies, rituals, and as personal adornments. They play a role in Navajo medicine bundles, collections of sacred items for healing and spirituality. The beads' colors often carry symbolic meanings, and their intricate designs are expressions of cultural heritage. While retaining their traditional importance, Navajo Ghost Beads have also gained popularity as artistic expressions, with many artisans creating and selling them to share their cultural identity and craftsmanship, emphasizing the need for respectful appreciation of their cultural and spiritual significance.

Juniper berries are gathered by members of the Navajo and Ute Nations of southeastern Utah for the creation of ghost bead jewelry and crafts. The people are assisted by Ants, who nibble off one end of the berry and eat the meat. The craftspeople need only punch a hole in the other end to string berries on a cord with colorful beads. The harmony that results from the interconnection of earth, tree, animal and human is believed to ensure tranquility and keep evil spirits away from the wearer.

To clean Navajo Ghost Beads, mix a solution of apple cider vinegar and water in equal parts and gently wipe the beads with a soft cloth or sponge. This helps remove dirt and maintain their vibrancy. After cleaning, consider rubbing a small amount of a mild essential oil of your choice, such as jojoba or sweet almond oil, onto the beads to enhance their luster and protect them from drying out. Ensure the beads are thoroughly dried before wearing or storing them to prevent any potential damage.

Please note, no two batches will ever be the same as location and weather plays a major role in the development of these natural beads.

Your purchase of these sacred beads directly supports members of the Navajo Nation keep this tradition alive, while helping to sustain their own livelihoods. Thank you for your support!

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