Necklaces from Zuni Pueblo

Saturday, July 17, 2021 12:26 PM

Necklaces from Zuni Pueblo

Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, there was a huge boom in interest in Southwestern Native American art, but mostly in Indian jewelry. Turquoise and silver were the rage and, while much of the jewelry sold at that time was mediocre, and a lot of it was never touched by an actual Native American.

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Old Style Navajo Jewelry by Fritson Toledo

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 4:23 PM

Old Style Navajo Jewelry by Fritson Toledo

Back in December, we featured a Navajo artist named Fritson Toledo who was making some incredible jewelry that looked like it could have come out of the early 1900s.

That is not easy to do.

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Persian Turquoise in a Navajo Squash Blossom

Saturday, April 10, 2021 3:31 PM

Persian Turquoise in a Navajo Squash Blossom

I believe that the Squash Blossom necklace is one the most beautiful jewelry designs in the history of the world!

How’s that for a strong opinion?

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Water Bird, Peyote Bird: The Evolution of Jewelry

Back in the ‘60s and early ‘70s, when there was an explosion of interest in Southwest Indian jewelry, the Pueblo of Zuni was a very busy place. Silver and lapidary artists made jewelry as fast as they could and still couldn’t satisfy the market.

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Native American Crosses

Friday, March 26, 2021 1:36 PM

Native American Crosses

When the Spanish came to the Southwest, their mission was the three Gs: Gold, Glory and God. They used to teach that in school!

Gold, and riches, were the number one objective for the conquistadors.

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Former Country Rock Star Jimmy Poyer

Sunday, February 7, 2021 3:48 PM

Former Country Rock Star Jimmy Poyer

Toh-Atin Gallery has been working with Jimmy Poyer for over thirty years. Before that, he was the leader of the Jimmy Poyer Band and traveled all over the country playing country music.

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Karl Nataani, Navajo Silversmith

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 11:54 AM

Karl Nataani, Navajo Silversmith

One of the nicest people I have met in the last few years is a silversmith named Karl Nataani. Karl is about my age, and lives on the Navajo reservation north of Winslow.

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Beaded Buckles

Monday, December 28, 2020 11:42 AM

Beaded Buckles

Many tribes have artists who make beaded buckles. Most of these are created by sewing buckskin, or another type of leather, over a brass buckle and then sewing the glass beads to the leather.

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Classic Old "New" Navajo Jewelry by Fritson Toledo

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 10:17 AM

Classic Old

There is something about the look of old Navajo Jewelry. It just has a classic feel, made at a time when the style of the jewelry was not influenced by current fashion and artists didn’t have access to modern tools and materials.

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Selena Warner, Harry Morgan's Protégé

Friday, October 30, 2020 6:36 PM

Selena Warner, Harry Morgan's Protégé

One of my favorite silversmiths and people was Harry Morgan. I was fortunate to be able to work with him for many years and when he passed away from complications of diabetes several years ago, I lost a good friend. Harry had a daughter-in-law who became interested in jewelry and for the past twenty years has worked with silver.

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Deep Red Coral in a Classic Navajo Bracelet

Saturday, October 17, 2020 6:10 PM

Deep Red Coral in a Classic Navajo Bracelet

liked coral, in combination with turquoise and by itself, in Native American Jewelry. And American Indians have felt the same way since they began trading for coral with Europeans 600 years ago.In the 1800s Hopi dancers were documented to have worn jewelry containing coral.

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Bridging the Gap from Traditional to Contemporary

Thursday, October 8, 2020 6:02 PM

Bridging the Gap from Traditional to Contemporary

Before Raymond Sequaptewa became a contemporary Hopi Silversmith, using stones and unusual castings, different metals and unique designs, he made traditional overlay Hopi jewelry. Sort of…

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