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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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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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Eddie Bonnie Navajo Rug Weaver

Saturday, January 16, 2016 3:55 PM

Eddie Bonnie Navajo Rug Weaver Take a 20 minute drive south of Ganado, Arizona and you will find Wide Ruins. It is a dirt road in and out of this small community that is built up around a boarding school. This area is known for rugs, beautiful rugs. Across from the old torn down Wide Ruins Trading Post you will find the remains of a sheep dipping camp. Like many of today’s artists Eddie Bonnie Navajo rug weaver learned when he was little from watching his grandmother and mother. Eddie Bonnie Navajo Rug Weaver Perry Null Trading When ...

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Jenny Begay Navajo Basket Weaver

Friday, January 15, 2016 3:02 PM

enny Begay Navajo Basket Weaver Growing up close to the Navajo Reservation you always hear stories of the long hairs from the Navajo Mountain area. The Navajo men from this area keep their hair long, which is a traditional style. When the Navajos were being rounded up and taken on the Long Walk many fled north and hid from the soldiers. Since then we think of the people isolated in the North as holding on to more traditions. Basket weavers come from this area, and so does Jenny Begay Navajo basket weaver. Jenny Begay Navajo Basket Weaver with daughter ...

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Shirley Comb Navajo Rug Weaver

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 12:59 PM

I can’t imagine weaving not being one of the first skills of ancient peoples. It was used to make shoes, clothing, blankets and baskets. In this part of the world technologies didn’t change much. The groups in the Americas kept perfecting weaving. Today it has moved from a utilitarian purpose to one of art. When Shirley Comb was a little girl her mother would begin to teach her to weave.

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