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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.>

Turquoise Jewelry - Buying Native American Art

Saturday, January 30, 2016 9:40 AM

The allure of the American southwest is legendary. Its brilliant blue skies, sweeping vistas, unique Native cultures and vermillion cliffs have drawn people for centuries. Yet among the land’s many captivating features one is universally acclaimed - Turquoise Jewelry.

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Zuni Indian Jewelry

Friday, January 29, 2016 9:37 AM

The Zunis have adapted as the economics of the world around them forced changes. When the making of silver ornaments was introduced in the middle of the Nineteenth Century, they were among the first to pick up the art. For a long time they turned out attractive belts, necklaces, buttons and armbands of silver. Until the turn of the century it was hard to tell Zuni Indian Jewelry from Navajo, and many “experts” feel that Zuni silver was traded from the Navajo. Zunis maintain, with some photographic evidence, that it was the other way around.

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Zuni Tribe

Thursday, January 28, 2016 9:35 AM

The Zuni Tribe, like many other tribes, have a very complex creation tale which includes stories of the various clans during the migration phase, when they were all looking for the “middle place.” Groups travelled to the four cardinal directions and when they didn’t find what they were looking for, came back to the center. The group that went East found Idiwanna (the Middle Place) first, followed by the other wanderers in due time.

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The Navajo Dine Tribe

Friday, November 27, 2015 10:04 AM

In 1640 the Spaniard Coronado, with a small army which included women and hundreds of Indian allies from Mexico, moved into what is now New Mexico, where today's Navajo Dine Tribe flourishes, looking for the Zunis and their fabled Seven Cities of Gold. Nobody seemed to notice that there were only six cities occupied by the Zunis, but they did notice that there was almost no gold to be seen. A Plains Indian living at Pecos talked Coronado into traveling even further north and east to find his treasure. That didn’t work out too well for either of them.

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Your Connection to Native American Art and Culture

Monday, September 28, 2015 10:00 AM

We know that you are a fan of Native American Art and Culture. That is what Perry Null Trading is all about. On our website you will find endless pictures of gorgeous art on our photo stream. We have many interviews from today's top Native American artists, and stories about the people and places around the Four Corners that help you understand this area. We run a forum where you can learn more about Native American art. And, of course we have a wide selection of authentic art that is ready for you to add to your collection.

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