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    Navajo and Zuni Turquoise : a Squash Blossom Necklace Case Study by Gamble, Lucy

    In my thesis, I use methods of material culture and symbolic anthropology to investigate the use of turquoise in the squash blossom necklace. My work focuses on a collection of squash blossom necklaces collected from donors between 1935 and 1985, and housed at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, to examine design elements and themes amongst the necklaces. Investigating the issues of using culture as commodity, I analyze these objects as reflective of the culture from which they originate.