August 23, 2019
All of the above probably. None are copies of actual Navajo Yeis or Zuni Koko. The question here is, who made what? I have discussed the problems of attribution before, apparently without much success. One often sees figures attributed to OLSON AND MARY LEEKITY based on the initials MO. ..
February 24, 2016
Part 1 What is a Hallmark? Hallmarks identify the jewelry maker. Many times they are just simple letter stamps. They are not something new, but can be traced back to the 4th Century. Famous American metal smiths used them before we became a country. Paul Revere who warned the Colonial militia..
August 13, 2015
With over 40% of the Native American population residing in the western 1/3rd of the United States it makes perfect sense all five cities are in the West, Southwest to be exact. Arizona and New Mexico have great weather in the summer and in the winter. We have a number of different Native..
May 6, 2015
Navajo Chief's Blankets For Katherine the task seemed simple enough. “Write something about Navajo Chief's blankets.” “All right, that's straightforward.” Navajo Chief's Blankets: Exceptionally tight, well woven, wide striped blankets in a dimension wider than long; used as wearing apparel..
December 17, 2013
Its all a ReMix anyway, right? If you read your Navajo jewelry history you find out that the Navajo was taught how to make silver by Mexican silversmiths. This event takes place when New Mexico is a US territory, and only within a couple of years of being ceded by Mexico. Technically its not..
December 4, 2013
New Mexico is Native American Lets start with some facts. New Mexico is home to the 2nd largest American Indian population calculated as a percentage to the entire state’s population. Much of that population is the proud people of the Navajo Nation. Lets not forget that the majority of that..
June 3, 2013
Gallup, New Mexico has two types of Wholesale Businesses for Native American Art If you are driving across the country and find yourself in the middle of nowhere with an almost empty tank of gas and you come across a service station (the only station for hundred of miles) you pay their price...
May 10, 2012
BE CAREFUL! People Sell Fake Art Navajo silversmiths don’t own the rights to turquoise and silver jewelry. Just like the Amish don’t own the rights to wooden furniture. However, what they do own the rights to is calling their work authentic Indian Handmade, and that is where the injustices are..
May 10, 2012
The Navajo squash blossom necklace is maybe the most recognizable Native American piece of
March 27, 2012
Navajo silversmith Vernon Tracy shares with us some of the steps it takes to turn coin silver into a piece of wearable art, the hammered coin silver jewelry. It all starts with 12 half-dollars. Vernon melts the coins into liquid and then pours them into ingots. Then he hammers them into the..