Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Prosperity Pieces

I spent much of Monday reading chapters from a seminal book in the field of conservation and development, Contested Nature. The chapters spoke to indigenous peoples and the development of conservation. 

I recently learned that it is Navajo tradition to wear your jewelry(turquoise in particular) so as to ward off poverty. If only there was an item that could be worn to ward off oppressive governments, corporations, organizations and academia who co-opt the lands of indigenous peoples. Read more about this issue at Survival International.

Prosperity Necklace - Handmade by Elsi, an elderly woman I met at the Navajo Native American Reservation, Arizona. The necklace has over 200 semi-precious and precious stones from the reservation.
Ring - stolen from a friend
Pants - Express via Marshal's
Top - Roxy
Blazer- BCBG 
Pumps- Tahari

be good. do better.look your best.

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