Category - News

28
Oct

Kachina Dolls Meaning

One of the most interesting facets of Native American culture that you may have seen are the fascinating figures , known as Kachina or Katsina dolls. These figures are heavily rooted in Native belief and have an important role to play in many of the ceremonies and rituals. These spirits are most commonly associated with …

27
Oct

How to Clean Turquoise

One of the most important things about owning jewelry is that you take care of it properly. Many people have been asking me how they should go about cleaning turquoise jewelry. Can they trust the first item that comes up on a Google search? I’ve found that there are a few ways to go about …

7
Oct

Native American Fashion Designers

I’ve probably spoken about this at some point, but in 2016 the rise in renown Native American artists and designers has skyrocketed. After Vogue wrote an article about how some of the top designers in fashion, like Dior and Couture, owe their recent success by and large to Native American designers and since then, many …

24
Jun

Preserving Native American Language

Language is the glue that holds a culture together. Without it, these cultures seem to unravel. This is the threat that many tribes face after centuries of laws geared towards integrating Native American into our culture. These laws were ill-conceived in the late 1800’s and their negative impact continues to ravage Native American culture to …

24
Jun

Feather Jewelry to Honor Past Sacrifices of the Choctaw Tribe

Recently one of my favorite jewelry sites put out a press release for their latest collection of feather jewelry. The amazing part about this collection is the story that inspired it. While the Irish were suffering from the Potato Famine, the Choctaw tribe donated a sum of money to the Irish to help them in …

1
Jun

Sapulpa High School’s Banning of Native American Moccasins

The recent uproar in Oklahoma at Sapulpa High School’s initial banning of traditional moccasins at graduations, despite their Native American mascot and general background, was washed away when a Native American student, Liseanne Yazzie, demanded that the school allow her to honor her culture and heritage. I don’t know about you, but it’s pretty hypocritical …

27
May

The Monarch Butterfly and What it Means in Native Culture

Butterflies have always had a whimsical sense of wonder and mysticism to them. Think about, just the mere mention of a butterfly can take you back to your childhood, maybe chasing them in an open field or hoping one just lands on your shoulder so you can get a better view of their wing’s beautiful ...
27
May

Something Blue

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe. We’ve all heard the rhyme and it’s definitely cute, so much so that people seem to follow these rules religiously as they get ready to walk down the aisle. I’m not one to break tradition, so if you’re looking for …

27
May

Protecting the Tribes from the Zika Virus

It’s no secret the Zika Virus is making headline news, it’s pretty terrifying if you ask me. I’m sure you’ve heard the news of infected species of mosquito swarming in and passing on the Zika Virus, affecting the health of people and even unborn children with microcephaly. The one thing we don’t see (that we …

27
May

My Time at the Albuquerque Film and Music Experience

Typically an eclectic tribute to cultures, traditions, and art, this year saw a unique emphasis on Native American culture with animated shorts and even a very moving film that illustrates the passing of the Indian Child Welfare Act. The short film won the festival’s Best Documentary category and brought a little cultural awareness to the …

27
May

Cultural Exchanges with the Tribes

In my mind, there are two great ways to engage people with another culture, food and art. Everyone wants to try a new tasty treat and art is something that can transcend language and cultural barriers by way of sheer aesthetic beauty. I think it’s important to embrace others cultures in as many ways as …

20
Apr

Gathering of Nations Powwow Part II

After getting to experience the amazing Gathering of Nations festival last year, I decided to go again for the 2016 festival as well. If you didn’t get a chance to read my last article on the matter, The Gathering of Nations is the largest Native American Powwow in the United States and features hundreds of …

20
Apr

Mother’s Day Celebration

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and finding the perfect gift has been . . . challenging. How do you show your mom exactly how much they mean to you? Well, jewelry is a nice place to start in my personal opinion. Who doesn’t love getting nice jewelry as a gift? My mother is …

19
Apr

Hillary Clinton Gains Support from the Native American Community

Sometimes I like to take a break from talking about Southwest and Turquoise jewelry to reflect on current events in the Native American community. Over the week of March 22, Hillary Clinton received some pretty high honors from the Puyallup Tribe in Washington. All across the state, leaders of the tribe met at Chief Leschi …

17
Mar

Investing in Turquoise Jewelry

My husband and I decided to clean all our turquoise jewelry by polishing the silver its set into. One thought popped in my mind when we brought it all out: we have A LOT of turquoise pieces. We didn’t even realize how much we had until we did this little inventory. This got my husband …

19
Jan

Turquoise Jewelry: The Trend for 2016

For a while now, I have been promoting turquoise jewelry on my blog because it’s both a classic style and commonly associated with Native American artisans. I think turquoise has a natural beauty and presence to it that goes beyond the glossy sheen or brilliance of the stone. To me, turquoise is almost spiritual and …

1
Dec

Jewelry You Must Wear for the Holiday Season

Winter is here again. The snow is hitting the ground and people are starting to decorate the tree, well maybe not in Arizona but you get the point. There is one thing comes to mind when thinking about the holidays, jewelry. Think about it. This is the time you do the most traveling and see …

30
Nov

Obama’s New Native American Proclamation

This is a great day in history! President Obama has recently made a proclamation that beginning November 2015, November will be National Native American Heritage Month. As a way to commemorate the impact and contributions the Native American culture has had on our society, November will forever honor this fact as we move forward as …

25
Sep

How to Shop for Quality Southwest Jewelry

If you live in the Southwest region of the country or you’re simply inspired by its natural presence and strong beauty then you might be looking to buy some Southwest jewelry to enhance your wardrobe. I consider myself a bit of an expert on the subject because I’ve been collecting Southwest jewelry for years now. …

17
Aug

How to Spot Real Turquoise Jewelry

Okay, so a lot of my readers have been asking me how to tell if a turquoise jewelry piece is real or fake. I have done quite a bit of research on the subject and can give you all a few tips on how to find quality pieces of turquoise jewelry. What are the Types …

12
Aug

The Animas River Spill

Maybe you’ve seen this on the news recently but over the week a mine near a major river in Colorado was being treated for contaminants but a spill released the mine’s contaminated water into the Animas River. This spill has been gaining ground and contaminating all the water around the area, making it unusable. Most …

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