SOUTHWESTERN INDIAN JEWELRY Crafting New Traditions
By Dexter Cirillo
Publisher: Abbeville Press, New York
Hardcover, slip jacket, first edition, 1992, 240 pages, new condition
From the Jacket:
From prehistoric beads and fetishes to the most strikingly inventive designs from the latest Indian Market in Santa Fe, this dazzling new book explores the rich diversity of jewelry made by the Native Americans of the Southwest.
An illuminating introduction provides a concise history of the region, with emphasis on the role played by jewelry in the cultures and economies of the Southwestern tribes. The first chapter covers work in stone and shell from the prehistoric cultures to the current-day Santo Domingo and Zuni pueblos, featuring their vividly colored handmade beads, mosaics, and carvings. The focus then shifts to work in silver and the multiplicity of styles and technique developed by the Navajo, Zuni, and Hopi.
Chapter three surveys the contemporary transformation of traditional approaches, as artists experiment with unusual stones and utilize modern techniques to create a startling range of innovative styles and images.