Pueblo Jewelry

IARC Seminar

April 6–9, 1997

Native peoples of the Southwest have been making mosaic jewelry of turquoise, jet, and shell for at least a thousand years, with spectacular examples found at Ancestral Pueblo sites at Chaco Canyon, the Hohokam settlement at Snaketown, and the ancient Zuni village of Hawikuh, one of the fabled Seven Cities of Cibola captured by Coronado in 1540. Modern manifestations of this jewelry tradition were the focus of the third annual artists’ convocation, held at the IARC in the spring of 1997. Modeled on the School’s advanced seminars, the convocations provide opportunities for round-table talks in an environment that facilitates understanding and leads to wide dissemination of the results through publications and other projects.

Eleven respected mosaic jewelry artists (including several husband-and-wife teams) from Santo Domingo and Zuni, the contemporary pueblos best known for this style of jewelry, gathered at the School in April to talk about their tradition and the materials, techniques, and designs they use. Mentoring, marketing, health hazards, and other issues also were discussed. The artists examined some of the older jewelry in the IARC collection and displayed pieces they had made for the convocation, eight of which were purchased by the IARC.

Fermin Aguilar Santo Domingo
Charlie Bird Santo Domingo/Laguna
Marylita Boone
Alex Boone Zuni
Ronald Chavez Santo Domingo
Petra Chavez Santo Domingo
Andrew Dewa Zuni
Rudy Laconsello Zuni
Nancy Laconsello Zuni
Angie Reano Owen Santo Domingo
Lee Weebothee Zuni

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