Borrowed from the Spaniards, the Naja is basically a crescent shape which captured the imagination of the Native Americans. It is possible the Native Indians first spotted the crescent shape on Spanish horses.
Naja: (or "Najah") From the Navajo word "Najahe", meaning "crescent". A crescent-shaped silver ornament believed to go back to Moorish designs that was originally a forehead pendant on horse bridles.
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A shape that the Spanish Conquistadores used as buttons on their trousers. The squash blossom necklace is composed of beads resembling squash blossoms placed at regular intervals with a naja, (crescent shaped pendant), at the center.
shape that the Spanish Conquistadors used as buttons on their trousers, and also as ornaments on their horses' bridles and saddles. The squash blossom necklace is comprised of beads resembling squash blossoms placed at regular intervals with a "naja", ...
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