Americana Indian Shows would like to thank you for your support — we look forward to serving you in 2013 and wish you a happy and prosperous new year!
Winter has been an exciting season for us! We were kept busy buying from artists who were out drumming up money for holiday shopping. Alton Bedonie designed another stunning lapis and sterling silver necklace along with several gorgeous pendants, rings and earrings. We were also able to get a few new pendants and rings from Kee Yazzie. On one of our buying trips we obtained a magnificent 21-strand very fine turquoise heishi necklace that was made around 1980 (you have to see this to believe how tiny and fine these heishi beads are!), as well as a very intriguing vintage mosaic/chip inlay peyote bird necklace. After talking with Bill Malone, we believe the center piece of this necklace was created in Pinon, Arizona by a Navajo artist with the last name of Etsity, while the side birds and beads were made by Tommy Singer. Considering that these two artists belonged to competing shops at the time the pieces were created, it is a mystery how they were brought together in one necklace. There’s no doubt, however, that it is a unique, one-of-a-kind piece and is a classic example of chip-inlay work of the early to mid 70s. While visiting with Bill Malone, we obtained a nice coral bracelet as well as a great shadow box mosaic in-lay ring that was made by one of Tommy Singer’s artists in the mid 1970s. A quick trip to Zuni before the holidays resulted in the acquisition of an exquisite turquoise ring by Edith Tsabetsaye and several pieces inlayed with Carico Lake turquoise by Harlan Coonsis. Jack Tom brought by three great new necklaces that he had just finished. Brian Clark too created another masterpiece — a 1-ounce 14kt gold and high-grade Lone Mountain turquoise ring.
In addition, we obtained many excellent pieces through collections: an Ernest Benally bracelet, Joseph Coriz necklace, Nevada Blue turquoise bolo made by Archie Henderson, a buckle and bolo set by Howard Nelson, cluster bracelet by Fannie Ondelacy, seven-stone turquoise bracelet by Henry and Louise Roanhorse, an oval, silver belt buckle by Tom Jim in a rare size that fits a one-inch wide belt (great for a dress belt!), and many more, including some great concho belts by Andy Cadman, Sunshine Reeves and Tom Jim.
It’s a great start to the New Year and we will have a fantastic selection this time out. See you at the show!