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The Importance of Turquoise in Native American Culture
Posted by Olivia Morrow on
Turquoise is a popular gemstone that has been used in jewelry for centuries. However, its significance and value are different among various cultures. One of the cultures long associated with turquoise is the Native Americans. Turquoise has been mined for more than 2,000 years, and it is believed to have originated from Iran. However, the stone's history with Native American culture began around 200 CE, when the Ancestral Puebloans (Anasazi) used it for ceremonial purposes. They made intricate turquoise mosaics and inlay jewelry pieces that were often used for religious rituals. In the 14th century, Native American tribes such as...