Indian Arts and Crafts Association (IACA) Code of Ethics

Members of the Indian Arts and Crafts Association, a national association of Indian artists, traders, dealers, collectors, museums and others concerned with the image and marketing of American Indian arts and crafts, agree to adhere to the following:   To honestly represent American Indian arts and crafts as to nature and origin within the realm […]

Hopi Pueblo

The Hopi people trace their history in Arizona to more than 2,000 years, but their history as a people goes back many more thousands of years. According to their legends, the Hopi migrated north to Arizona from the south, up from what is now South America, Central America and Mexico.   The tribe’s teachings relate […]

Pawn Jewelry

Trading Posts were once the center of commerce on reservations. They supplied canned goods, soda, hardware, tack, livestock supplies, soft goods, medicine, cloth, flour and other items not otherwise available on the far reaches of the reservations. In a rural economy with no other banking system and no monetary system, the Trading Post served as […]

History of Turquoise

Among the Native Americans of the Southwest, Turquoise has historically been used for religious and ornamental purposes. For the Navajos it once passed as currency. Apaches liked to attach a small piece to the bow so that their arrows would fly true. The Zunis of western New Mexico incorporated Turquoise into nearly all aspects of […]

Zuni Pueblo

Located in western New Mexico, Zuni Pueblo is the largest of the nineteen New Mexican Pueblos, with more than 600 square miles and a population of over 11,000. It is one of the most traditional of the New Mexico Pueblos, with a unique language, culture and history that resulted in part from their geographic isolation. […]

Navajo Nation

The Navajo People are well known for their fine silversmithing, weaving and sandpainting traditions which express traditional Navajo culture and contemporary life. Navajo jewelry is noted for larger pieces with symmetrical and simple designs set with larger Turquoise stones. Traditional execution of silversmithing includes the use of various stamping patterns, geometric designs and silver leaves. […]

Santo Domingo Pueblo (Kewa)

Located between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, Santo Domingo Pueblo (Kewa) is one of the largest (3200) and most conservative of the Rio Grande Indian Pueblo tribes in New Mexico. When Don Juan de Onate visited Santo Domingo in 1598, the pueblo was located on the north bank of the Galisteo Creek, a few miles east […]

Pueblo Tribes

The spiritual roots that sustain the 19 distinct pueblos of New Mexico (including Kewa “Santo Domingo”, Zuni, Acoma, Sandia, Santa Clara, San Ildefanso, 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. The 19 Pueblos […]

Jewelry Stones

Although Turquoise is the predominant stone associated with Southwestern Native American Jewelry, there are a variety of other stones and shells that are incorporated into designs. Historically, the Ancestral Puebloans of Chaco Canyon traded with tribes from Mexico and even Central America. Shells and parrot feathers have been found in archeological sites across the Southwest. […]