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Ketoh (Wrist Guard)

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Ketoh (Wrist Guard)
Ketoh (Wrist Guard)
About 1930
Cast silver with turquoise on a leather band
Bequest of Virginia Doneghy

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  • Navajo Indian archers wore wrist guards called ketohs (GAY-toe) to protect their forearms from the snap of their bowstrings. Navajo silversmiths adapted the ketoh form into decorative jewelry.

  • The Navajo creation story describes the adventure of the earliest beings as they moved through four distinct worlds.

  • The design on this ketoh emphasizes the Navajo values of order, harmony, and simplicity. It also evokes the topography of the Navajo creation story.
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