Tribal Member Gloria Faubion Known for Beadwork
Gloria Faubion is famous for her beadwork. She has a reputation for colorful and creative bracelets and necklaces. Lovingly called "Mama" by many tribal members, Faubion incorporates Native American heritage into her work.
Bead work done by
Tribal Member Gloria Faubion
Big Standing Bear (pictured at left in red tribal regalia) commissioned a special necklace for Keith Buffalo Healer Dobbs (also pictured at left),
a webmaster for the
Northern Cherokee Nation.
“I wanted something special like Big Standing Bear has made for himself and wears to tribal functions,” stated Dobbs.
“He knew I had an appreciation for buffalo so he incorporated buffalo teeth into the piece,” Dobbs continued.
In addition to four polished buffalo teeth, Big Standing Bear included African turquoise which is in the jasper family.
The white beads are called “bone hair pipes” and the silver beads are nickel while the black beads are hemalyke. The popular hemalyke is a mirror-like metallic black “stone” which is a look-alike for natural hematite. The small round white discs in the necklace are bone, as well.
“I couldn’t be more pleased,” shared Dobbs. “It’s great to own a piece that has been created by a tribal brother.”
Buffalo Teeth Necklace
Necklace commissioned by
Gary "Big Standing Bear" Raymo
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