The Zuni Fetish Necklace

Monday, April 13, 2020 7:16 AM

The Zuni Fetish Necklace

Southwestern Indian tribes have long incorporated stone and shell carvings resembling animals in their religious beliefs. These fetishes are objects in which a spirit is thought to reside, and they can be used to aid the person who owns and cares for it.

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Dan Simplicio's Ageless Jewelry Creations

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 7:40 AM

Dan Simplicio's Ageless Jewelry Creations

What does it mean to be the “first” to do something? It takes the ability to put your ego on the line and to take a chance with the confidence that it will work out.

Zuni Silversmith Dan Simplicio was one of those people. He lived a short life of 52 years, passing away in 1969. He was the first to use coral in its natural form, the first to set rough cut coral in rings and he introduced the common use of leaf work in Zuni jewelry.

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From Jewelry to Pottery The road from Zuni to Cochiti with the Covered Wagon in the Middle

Ben Eustace was born into the Zuni Pueblo sometime in the 1920’s. He became a well known silversmith who was essentially self taught. He did something unusual in the 1970’s when he registered a leaf design with the copyright office. His family still uses that style today.

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