First American Art Magazine No. 22, Spring 2019 - Page 46

KERI ATAUMBI KIOWA JEWELER Heard Museum Guild Fair & Market March 2 & 3, 2019 BOOTH H-41 PHOTO: UNDEREXPOSED STUDIO turquoise stones in a much more elaborate silver setting. The Mexican influence can be seen in the detailed filigree work used by Pueblo smiths, including a bracelet dating to around 1930 with delicate silver filigree panels surrounding the square-cut turquoise stones. Although access to better tools and materials, including turquoise, certainly led to design innovations and refined silverwork among Navajo and Pueblo silversmiths, an increasing marketplace outside Indigenous communities also had a profound effect on the production of silver jewelry. Commercialization of Navajo and Pueblo silver began in left Unknown Isleta Pueblo artist (attributed), Filigree Bracelet, silver, turquoise, collection of the Wheelwright Museum. Both photos: Jonathan Batkin. opposite F re d Pe s h l a ka i (Navajo, 1896–1974), Bracelets, ca. 1955-1960, silver, malachite, turquoise, both collection of the Wheelwright Museum. 44 | WWW.FIRSTAMERICANARTMAGAZINE.COM