Disproportionately large numbers of indigenous people, particularly women and girls, are modern human trafficking victims, and indigenous women in some tribal communities face murder rates more than 10 times the national average.
A red hand over the mouth, or a handprint with paint dripping down, has become the symbol of a growing movement, the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) movement. It stands for all the missing sisters whose voices are not heard. It stands for the silence of the media and law enforcement. It stands for the oppression and subjugation of Native women who are now rising up to say #NoMoreStolenSisters.
Due to the lack of tribal jurisdiction beyond reservation borders, Urban Indians receive less than adequate assistance when a loved one goes missing. America has written a stereotypical narrative for its First People: “They are lazy, drug addicts, and alcoholics who rely on the government to survive.”
Now, when a Native woman is reported missing, these negative stereotypes hinder the search process. Law enforcement tends to turn a blind eye, fail to take the report seriously, and do little to assist. The media rarely picks up on the story and if they do, there is normally a negative spin on the story making the victim seem at fault.
This “Missing” pendant allows you to support and help raise awareness for the #MMIW movement and show that our Stolen Sisters are not forgotten while at the same time saying No More Stolen Sisters.
Handcrafted pendant is made of sterling silver with hand hammered textured edges, mounted on a .5″ sterling silver tube bail which slides freely on a 18″ black leather necklace.
A portion of the proceeds of all pendant sales will be donated to Native Hope.
- Sterling Silver Pendant: 7/8″ wide x 1 1/2″ long
- Sterling Silver Tube Bail: 1/2″ wide
- black leather necklace: 18” long (available with black or brown 16″ leather necklace)
© All my jewelry is my own original design and hand crafted by me in California, USA. I am a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and a certified Cherokee artist with TERO certifications as a bench jeweler, metalsmith, silversmith, blacksmith, and lapidary.