The Pueblo Tribes of the Southwest
The Pueblo tribes of Southwest America have a rich history, full of culture, religion, art, and customs. The spiritual roots that sustain the 19 distinct pueblos of New Mexico (including Kewa “Santo Domingo”, Zuni, Acoma, Sandia, Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Taos and Isleta among others in Dragonfly’s collection) connect them to the earth and sky, to the wind and water, to the sun and moon and to their ancestors.
In this article, we'll talk a little bit about the history of the Pueblo tribes as well as their jewelry and artwork that is featured on this website.
The 19 Pueblos (otherwise known as Puebloans), of New Mexico are the oldest tribal communities in the U. S. Located primarily in central and northern New Mexico, most Pueblos are within one hour of Albuquerque or Santa Fe. Modern day Pueblo culture evolved largely along the fertile Rio Grande Valley where the Pueblo people developed advanced agriculture, animal husbandry, basket weaving, and pottery making. Zuni Pueblo is in western New Mexico close to the Arizona border.
Pueblo history goes way back in mankind's timeline. In fact, archeologists theorize that the Pueblo Indian groups appeared on the scene between 12,000 and 30,000 years ago. During this span of time, groups of prehistoric Indians wandered throughout what is now New Mexico and the Southwest, some possibly arriving from across the Bering Strait.
Generally, anthropologists believe the Hopi (in Arizona) and Rio Grande Pueblo peoples descend from the ancestral Pueblo culture which built the giant stone structures aligned the the heavens at Chaco Canyon and carved the cliffside caves at Bandelier as well as Mesa Verde and other locations in New Mexico, southern Colorado and eastern Arizona.
Religion is central to Pueblo history. Throughout their history, Pueblo tribes practiced what is known as the Kachin or Katsina religion. The Pueblo religion included many diverse divine beings who act as mediators between human beings and God. The Pueblo believed in hundreds of spirits and held religious councils for religious rituals and ceremonies to honor them. Annual Pueblo feast days celebrate the Pueblos’ traditional religious calendar and consist of religious dances that personify animals, nature, and agricultural cycles to ensure the continuation of Life. Due to centuries of European contact, many Pueblo feast days coincide with days honoring the patron saints of Pueblo Catholic Missions.
Native American spiritual leaders dispute the generalized archaeological theories of their evolution. Elders choose to teach young tribal members that their people evolved from the earth itself and that the people are as specific to their homeland region as the trees and the terrain which also sprouted from the earth.
The Pueblo are known for their jewelry, pottery, and other beautiful artwork which showcases the artist's talent and cultural traditions of the Pueblo people. In fact, using turquoise for everyday and ritual use has been a tradition of the Pueblo tribes for generations. As you browse jewelry pieces online, you'll find that Pueblo jewelry is frequently designed in turquoise, however, you may also find jewelry designed in sterling silver, coral, and other stones and materials. Read more here about the history of turquoise.
The Pueblo jewelry on our website is meticulously designed by a Pueblo artist. This means that you can rely on each piece being authentic. Browse Pueblo jewelry from necklaces and earrings to bracelets and rings. You'll find both traditional and contemporary styles alike in our online store. In addition, the brilliant colors and beautiful designs will complement most articles of clothing for both men and women.
The Modern Day Pueblo
Despite the loss of land to colonization by the Spanish, Mexican and American governments, the Pueblo Indians remain on their original homelands to this day. They take great care to preserve ancient traditions and languages.
Even up to the present, the Pueblo tribes are well-known for their fine arts and crafts including hand coiled pottery, jewelry, weaving, and drums. Pueblo artists are masters at their craft - particularly when it comes to pottery making and basket weaving.
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Dragonfly Native American Jewelry is committed to absolute quality and authenticity in every piece of jewelry we sell. On our website, you will find beautiful earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants, rings, and other genuine Native American jewelry pieces. We ensure that each product we sell is meticulously handcrafted by a talented Pueblo, Navajo, Hopi, or Zuni artist.
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Browse our website for beautiful Pueblo jewelry and other art by this beautiful people. Have questions about our jewelry? Please reach out to us by giving us a call at (540) 222-4997 and we'll be happy to help!