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Hummingbird, The Passive Warrior, Amulet Pouch

1996 Jody Stewart-Keller Born: Norfolk, Virginia 1954 stitched and woven glass beads, Austrian crystal beads, jade beads, and sterling silver 16 3/4 x 4 1/8 x 3/4 in. (42.5 x 10.5 x 1.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist in memory of her great-great-grandmother, Annie Crippin, Ojibwa 1997.110 Not currently on view

Luce Center Quote

“In myth and legend, the hummingbird is known as the passive warrior. Depicted in the design gathering nectar, the hummingbird is the essence of stillness in motion.” Artist’s statement

Luce Center Label

This piece is designed to hold and protect an amulet, worn to invoke good and to ward off evil spirits. As a “passive warrior,” the hummingbird physically protects the amulet within the pouch. The coral fringe finish was selected for its twiglike appearance, and extends the naturalistic picture plane of the pouch. The flat “peyote” stitch recalls cultures of Africa, Egypt and Native America, where the hummingbird is believed to bring joy and happiness.


Animal - bird - hummingbird

Landscape - plant - flower

decorative arts

Crafts - Mixed Media

glass - crystal

metal - silver

stone - jade

About Jody Stewart-Keller

Born: Norfolk, Virginia 1954

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