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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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Perry Null Trading: How are things going? Arnold Blackgoat: Pretty good, a store on the Plaza in Santa Fe has put my work in it’s own showcase. Perry Null Trading: That’s great, makes you feel good. It seems like you have lots of family members that makes silver, give me a quick family tree? Arnold Blackgoat: My great grandfather is Moses Blackgoat, he was the first in my family to make silver jewelry. He was from the Lupton area and started around the early 1900s. He passed on the trade to my grandparents, Ben & Helen Blackgoat. ...
Perry Null Trading: How did you get involved with carvings? Harold: In 1987 I began helping a Jemez carver by the name of Marvin Toya with his work. He did lots of shows and I worked with him to help him get ready. Perry Null Trading: Was it difficult to learn? Harold: I was working in a welding shop at the time, so I would work with cutting small things and working with my hands. It was a very natural transition for me. Perry Null Trading: How did you get out on your own? Harold: I had made ...
I can't think of something that represents the Four Corners better than a Horned Toad. Fascinating creatures. What is the Horned Toad Zuni Fetish Meaning?
The Bobcat is a Zuni prey god and is the elder brother of the Wolf and represents the southern direction in the hunting directional set. In Zuni culture a fetish represents the animal spirit thought to reside in the stone. Prey gods of the hunt are placed in a buckskin bag and carried by the hunter over his heart. The fetish aids in the chase and represents "the roar of the animal" and is also fed on the blood of the slain prey. It is believed that the hearts of the great animals of prey are infused with a spirit of magic over the hearts of the animals they prey upon. The prey gods are given high rank among the gods. Because of this, their fetishes are greatly esteemed as mediators between people and the animals they represent. What is the Bobcat Zuni Fetish Meaning?
The Badger is the guardian and master of the South. In Zuni culture a fetish represents the animal spirit thought to reside in the stone. He is usually represented by the color red. He is part of the healing and protective fetish sets. The Badger is a prey god, the younger brother of the bear. What is the Badger Zuni Fetish Meaning? Because he lives close to the ground he has a great knowledge of the earth, understanding of agriculture, and it is believed that he has knowledge of healing roots and herbs. He is characterized by tenaciousness, passion, control, persistence and earthiness. He is aggressive and represents the ability to reach one's goals.
What is the Coyote Zuni Fetish Meaning? The Coyote is the Hunter God of the West. The Coyote represents laughter, humor and the ability to learn from ones own foolishness. He is a master trickster and characterized by arrogance and a sense of self-importance. These characteristics can teach us how our impulsive choices and self-centeredness fail us.
Like the other Pueblos, the Zunis have a long and fruitful tradition of pottery making and their historic ceramics are among the best. Zuni Pottery came close to dying out in the last century, but a handful of ladies, including the Tewa, Daisy Nampeyo, began teaching young people the art, and pottery is making a comeback. Many young potters use commercial clay, some even poured greenware, which keeps down the price, but there are several deposits of high grade clay on Zuni lands. This clay is very clean and has high-fire capability.
No one really knows how long the Hopi People have lived in the Four Corners. What we do know is that it has been for a very long time. The history of these ancient People are scattered across the Four Corners and Southwest with abandoned ruins and petroglyphs. Today’s Hopi draw on the past to shape the way they live today, and artists like Berra Tawahongva are in tune with his culture.
Arland Ben Navajo Silversmith Navajo silversmith Arland Ben is a man of many worlds. He grew up in the Four Corners area, but would eventually head to California where he completed his junior and senior high school years, only returning home in the summers. After that would follow a college education in Utah. Then starting his part-time silversmith career. Along the way he'd compete in rodeos, wrestling, coaching, raise two boys and get some screen time in major Hollywood productions. Arland lives a full life and that is expressed through his art. Perry Null Trading Where did you ...
Introduction Navajo artist Calvin Desson creates magic with his spectacular inlay work. He brings rocks to life with scenes inspired from his Navajo Reservation upbringing. His work amazes all of us here at the Trading Post and we have been fortunate enough to see lots of pieces. Last year he won a blue ribbon for a bolo, and we imagine more and more awards will be coming his way as his career progresses. Perry Null Trading Where did you grow up? Calvin Desson I am from the Lupton area. Perry Null Trading Did you go through school there? ...
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