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November 30, 2014 – January 11, 2016
Museum: American Indian Museum New York
Location: East Gallery
Almost 300 examples of contemporary jewelry made by several members of the Yazzie family of Gallup, New Mexico — one of the most celebrated jewelry making families of our time — shows how the family’s art flows from their Southwest environs and strong connection to their Navajo culture.
Jewelry making has long been an important part of the lives of Southwest Native peoples. During the last 50 years, Native jewelers in the Southwest—Navajos in particular—have created a contemporary aesthetic that draws on traditional materials and reflects the persistence of such cultural values such eauty, centering, and balance.