The Leo Poblano Snake Dancer

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 12:35 PM

The Leo Poblano Snake Dancer

  Looking at the small black and white photo on page eighty-four of the famous C. G. Wallace sale catalogue from 1975, it is difficult to understand how this inlayed figure has become the iconic work of the master stone cutter Leo Poblano. 

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Bobby Silas and Timothy Edaakie Pottery Artists

Thursday, November 3, 2016 2:53 PM

Bobby Silas and Timothy Edaakie Pottery Artists It seems that art in the Southwest goes in two directions. One direction is all about innovation and the artists using new techniques to create their pieces. Then you have those artists who are drawn to the past, and want to make works the same way their ancestors did. Artists Bobby Silas and Timothy Edaakie want to work like their ancestors did. Bobby Silas and Timothy Edaakie pottery artists Perry Null Trading How did you two meet? Bobby Silas In 2004 I moved to Zuni from Hopi. My sister married a ...

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Virgil Dishta

Sunday, October 16, 2016 1:23 PM

Perry Null Trading: Your style is known as the Dishta style. Who was the first the first Dishta to make this type of inlay jewelry? Virgil: My father, Frankie Dishta, was the first to make this style. Perry Null Trading: The names are always confusing because each of you are referred to as Dishta? Virgil: Yes, my son Vincent makes this same style and continues the family tradition. Perry Null Trading: Did you learn from your parents? Virgil: Yes, my father and mother taught me how to make jewelry. They would get lots of orders from C.G. Wallace and ...

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Lena Boone Zuni Fetish Carver

Monday, April 18, 2016 4:25 PM

Lena Boone Zuni Fetish Carver It is in her blood. Zuni artist Lena Boone carves fetishes, and so does her sister Dinah. The craft was passed down from her grandfather, Teddie Weahkee. He is one of Zuni’s most famous artists. So it only makes sense that the girl who left for Cleveland, Ohio would come back to the Pueblo and make fetishes for the next 46 years. Lena Boone, Zuni Fetish Carver Perry Null Trading Your sister is Dinah Gasper? Lena Boone Yes, Dinah is my younger sister and along with her late husband Pete they made table ...

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Wearing Water - Native American Jewelry

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 8:52 AM

It is said that we create our own world, paint our own canvas so to speak. Thoughts are things, ideas take material form. “Whatever the mind contemplates materializes instantly.” It is in this light that we consider the conceptual world of Native peoples in the American southwest, those who live in a parched desert thirsty for water, yet through belief, ceremony, dress and Native American jewelry move confidently across their landscape in a protective cocoon of mist, germination, clouds and rain.

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Native American Hallmarks

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 7:23 AM

Native American Hallmarks

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 “the British are coming” during the American Revolution used a hallmark on his handmade silver pieces in the 1700s.

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