For nearly 25 years, Dan Townsend has been following in the footsteps of his ancestors by carving ancient Southeastern designs and symbols on shell.
Of Crow and Cherokee descent, Dan grew up in the Florida Keys and the Everglades and watched his grandmother draw, paint, sew, and crochet. He listened to his grandfather tell stories.
A lifelong student of Native American art and culture, Dan’s work is found in museums, archaeological sites, tribal towns, and also in many private collections. Townsend was among a select number of artists invited to display their work at the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.
This beautiful pendant, also referred to as a gorget, is elegantly carved, the juxtaposition of dark and light creating a completely dimensional piece.
Hung on an adjustable, waxed leather cord and accented with copper beads, this is a stunning piece of wearable art by a true master!