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The Navajo Moose Is Now a Fashion Trend

A reader chimes in on the newest jewelry trend

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Navajo Moose (eBay)

Today, I got a fantastic e-mail from a reader named David, who addressed the Navajo Moose controversy that we featured on The Scroll back in August.

For those who don’t remember, the story revolved around an eBay seller, who was hawking a Hebrew chai pendant as a “Navajo Moose.” Following the article, the seller (AlwaysBeListing) even tweeted at me to thank me for directing buyers to him/her. Apparently, sales have been robust following the Tablet bump.

But apparently, the Navajo Moose incident isn’t isolated. As David writes:

I tend to be highly suspicious of my retired mother’s “isn’t THAT something!” emails, and thus rolled my eyes when she forwarded the forward of the forwarded forward of your Tablet item about the “Navajo Moose pendant” for sale on E-Bay.

Until, that is, I mentioned it to my wife… and she revealed that two weeks ago our son Eitan spotted a heavyset, African-American classmate wearing a “Chai” pendant.

We belong to a Sephardi synagogue and are plenty familiar with black Jews, but they typically don’t play football for large public high schools in the suburbs of Houston.

So Eitan asked him about it, and sure enough–“It’s a Navajo Moose.”

I cannot confirm that this particular pendant is the actual and now famous “E-Bay Navajo Moose.” My gut tells me one of the Israelis working at a kiosk in our local mall has stumbled upon a clever way to off-load a surplus-shipment of Chai pendants.

Anybody else out there hearing about the Navajo Moose trend? Be in touch!

Earlier: Navajo Moose: Jewish Spirit Animal

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Jennifer Read says:

One problem: Moose don’t live in the Four Corners area of the country. So there can’t be such an animal as a Navajo moose. On the other hand, that’s better than my mother looking at my Chai pendant, a treasured gift from a sister-in-law, and said it looked like a molar.

This was just too funny to pass up. My take on the Navajo Moose is now on a t-shirt (
I have seen a few figurines, supposedly carved by Navajo, which look much like moose. Others are obviously of elk, which many people mistakenly refer to as moose.

it’s so typical of today’s world. Hmmmm, how about a big cross being called a “tic-tac-toe” piece.


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