Hohokam Jewelry

 In Ocean Academy

By: Thomas Goldberg/History Teacher

The Hohokam were an ancient Native American tribe located in the present U.S. state of Arizona.  They thrived between A.D. ~200-1400.  They created beautiful shell jewelry including necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings and pendants. Many pieces of jewelry contained turquoise.  The Hohokam were also very skilled in the art of pottery, which was used for storage, food preparation, cooking, and serving tasks as well as ceremonial purposes.

The tenth graders got a chance to create their own Hohokam inspired necklaces, combining the elements of pottery and jewelry making together.  Students first painted a shard from a broken clay pot to serve as the pendant for their necklace.  Then, they added beads, shells, and pieces of turquoise on both sides of the pendant to complete the necklace.  The final products are truly something to behold!


Showing 6 comments
  • logan z

    What a creative, fun experience! I wish I was there to make Native American jewelry. Awesome!

  • Joey Asta

    I think the necklaces look very cool, great job everyone.

  • Anthony Magro

    The Necklaces look nice.

  • Dylan Dagner

    The jewelry looks really nice.

  • Yoally

    It look awesome!!!

  • Damian Scisco

    This project was good to work on, and I enjoyed it. Working on this project took some a while to make, but since I’ve made jewelry before it didn’t take me very long to finish.

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