Native American Symbols – The Naja

Native American Symbol - The Naja

Native American Symbol - The Naja

The Naja has its origin with the Moors in Spain. It is a good luck charm to ward off the evil eye. It was often used on the browband of Moorish Horses. It is thought that it was handed down from the Spanish Moors to Mexico and then to the Navajo Indians. The sterling silver naja pendant shown at above was made by Navajo artist Francis Begay.

The naja is the base of many ornate squash blossom necklaces.

8 thoughts on “Native American Symbols – The Naja

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  2. Is there a Native American symbol awarded to great warriors for valor, courage, and bravery in battle much like the Silver or Bronze Stars awarded to soldiers? If not, can you make a suggestion? Thank you very much.

    Wess Arbon

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  5. I appreciate learning and the meanining behind items that have so much importance in peoples lives that they continue to be passed down through generations!. I am part Native American (have not been able to trace this) but family history relates a full blood Cherokee, being four (4) greats removed, grandmother. We once had a tin-type picture of her smoking a pipe but that was borrowed and never returned. I enjoy learning all I can. Thank you!

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