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Zuni girl., Digital ID 433220, New York Public LibraryBy now, you know that when I go on hiatus, it means I head out west. The Southwest, to be precise. I’ll be gone for a week and my destinations are Gallup, New Mexico and Zuni, New Mexico. Zuni Pueblo is centered in the small town of Zuni, located about forty miles southwest of Gallup. These are highly desirable destinations for the collector of American Indian jewelry and arts. Gallup, as an Indian reservation border town, has long played a key role in the Indian arts business. Zuni is a fascinating place, but has suffered from a historical plague of anthropologists poking their noses into the pueblo’s doings. The result has been to make the people cherish their privacy; the origins of this understandable feeling are well documented in a book called Zuni and the American Imagination. Zuni stone carvers are particularly noted artists, and the subject of numerous books.

Nowadays, Zuni handles its need for privacy by establishing a Visitor’s Center. Here the interested visitor will get guidance on touring the pueblo, including where to go and not to go, including a chance to see a nice small tribal museum and learning center, a photo permit (many things are off-limits) and, best of all, the opportunity to meet Zuni artists in their home studios and buy directly from them. There are a few stores along the town’s main street, including the Pueblo of Zuni Arts & Crafts shop. I’m returning to these places after a nine-year absence, so there’ll be much to investigate. Of Zuni people and their artistry I can only say: tom ho’ ichema.

I’ll see you down the road.

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A new book about Zuni fetishes

Greetings, It's always nice to find another like-minded individual who appreciates the searing blue skies of New Mexico and all the talented artisans who reside in that gorgeous red-mesa country. My photographer husband, David A. Riggs and I have just published a wonderful book with gorgeous photos of some outstanding Zuni fetish carvings that are either in our collection or have passed thru our website, zunispirits.com, to reside in Zuni fetish collections throughout the world. Our book is 160 full color pages, hardcover with a dustjacket and introduced by the Governor of Zuni Pueblo, Norman Cooeyate. It is currently exclusively available through us. If you love Zuni fetish carvings or you know someone who does, we think this beautiful book will dazzle and delight you. Best always and Elahkwa, Darlene Meader Riggs Grapeland, Texas zunispirits.com

Interesting place, Paula. I

Interesting place, Paula. I haven't tried venturing in Zuni yet. I think I might schedule a trip there next week to see it for myself. You see, I'm always on the lookout for fresh ideas. I think Zuni's the perfect place for hunting concepts. I might as well make a deal with the business people there. Cheers! Peter

Native art/jewlery

Hello Peter, Just noticed your comment. Do you collect native art? I am a private collector/dealer and I have a fantastic 1977 gold Bill Reid bracelet (Haida). As well, I have a large collection of NWC museum quality historical pieces. Let me know and I can send you details! Best, Jan

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