About This Item
In ancient times, Cherokee men and women ornamented their bodies and hair with copper, gold, pink mussel shell, bright feathers, clay beads, rock crystal and freshwater pearls. Copper nuggets traded from the upper Midwest were hammered into disks, masks, ceremonial objects and jewelry.
This rugged bracelet embodies that complex history. The overall look is strong and rugged. A one-inch wide coffee brown leather cuff features a removable, hand-stamped and polished copper bar. The copper bar is attached by two bronze lobster claw clasps. The bar is stamped with three special stamps. The stamps, while it may look like English letters at first glance, are actually the Cherokee symbols that form the word Tsa-la-gi (pronounced Jah-lah-gee). Tsa-la-gi is one of the names the Cherokees use to call themselves. It is likely this is where the word Cherokee originated as Tsa-la-gi became Tsa-ra-gi, in one of the Cherokee dialects, then became Cherokee.
- Adjustable. 8 inches in length with three holes for adjustment between 7 and 8 inches.
- Coffee brown leather
- Hand-stamped with the Cherokee syllabary
- Material: leather, copper, and bronze