Wampum Beads & Deer Hide Necklace
This Wampum Bead necklace was made by Dan Hill of the Cayuga Nation Heron Clan. Hill is a silversmith, musician, and flute maker. He 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/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.