Necklace - Wampum Beads & Deer Hide
Dan Hill, Cayuga Nation Heron Clan, is a craftsman, silversmith, composer, musician, and flute maker. This necklace is made with wampum (quahog) shell beads interspersed with deer hide breaks on a sinew tie. 20" plus additional 10" with ties.
Dan learned to work in silver from a Comanche friend in 1982. He has continued to expand this understanding of metallurgy striving for a standard that would have made his grandmother and key mentor proud. Hill handcuts and stamps sheets of silver (and sometimes brass) to produce the characteristic trade silver style pieces made and worn by Iroquois in the 18th and 19th centuries. He also draws inspiration from the Iroquois Creation Story and the Confederacy.
Dan is an accomplished flute player, making his own flutes. He has produced a number of recordings of his music and has performed at numerous events including the Iroquois Indian Festival at the Museum on Labor Day weekend.