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Death in the Americas

Apache necklace

Length: 42.000 cm (overall, without the hair)
Width: 16.000 cm

Ethno 1997.Am12.2

Apache Necklace

From: Santa Fe, New Mexico (Chiracahua Apache)
Date: AD 1990

Bob Haozous, a modern Apache artist, has made this necklace in the style of traditional Apache jewellery. The long wisps of hair represent scalps or scalp locks removed from enemies. Hanging from the necklace are the small figures of dead victims.

By showing dead white men hanging upside down Haozous is making fun of the way in which people generally think of the Apache as warlike savages - warlike only because they defended their land against Americans.