Award-winning Creek, Navajo and Hopi jeweler, David Tune, made this spirit person shaped inlaid ring. The stone is high grade natural Bisbee turquoise. The inlay is turquoise, fossilized walrus ivory, red and orange coral. The band is tufa cast and stamped by hand. "David Tune" is stamped into the band.
Size: 9 - adjustable one size up or down. Setting is 2" H x .75" W
David Tune is an award-winning Creek, Navajo, Hopi jeweler. We love David's pendants that resemble spirit people like this one which appears to be looking over its shoulder. He placed a beautiful cabochon of natural Godber turquoise that is blue-green at the top. He inlaid the "body" with red and salmon coral, blue turquoise and tiny bit of lapis. The setting has detailed cut-outs all around the edge of the inlay, and the silver part above is stamped by hand. It has a long, graceful bail that would fit a wide chain or 4-6mm beads. It is stamped on the back with two flowers hallmark and name.
In this ledger painting by Michael Horse, one of the men is sitting with a boy sharing wisdom and information that will help him be a good community member. The man is wearing a bonnet with many eagle feathers that allow community members to know that he committed acts of bravery, courage, or accomplishment. He is hold an eagle feather fan.
Size: 13.25" H x 9" W
Document: Indian Territory Teachers Document, ca. 1910
While on film sets as an actor, Michael Horse began creating ledger paintings. Ledger painting is a traditional Native American folk art that came out of the reservation era in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Prior to that time, events such as battles and calendars were depicted on hides using traditional paints. When people were removed from their traditional territories and put on reservations they were not allowed weapons of any kind, so no hides. When people no longer had access to the hides they would find any type of paper and implement to write or draw with to record what was happening prior to being on the reservation, or what life was like being on the reservation.
Michael first saw ledger paintings at the Gilcrease Museum in Oklahoma. He realized this was Native American history by Native American people and was inspired to create. At the time there were fewer than a handful of ledger painters who maintained the art. Now, there are many ledger painters, including women, who continue to keep this tradition alive. Michael says the hardest part about his ledger paintings is finding antique documents from the era when ledger paintings were first made. And, he especially enjoys painting on land grants which gave away Indigenous territories.
This Navajo handmade bracelet has a very bright blue turquoise in the center. The shadow box setting has a simple engraved design. The separated silver wire has silver dot where the two wires are joined together. It is a smaller size.
Danielle Benally created this bracelet to set off the beautiful, large purple spiny oyster shell. The setting around the the stone rolled wire and a cut-out with flattened circles of silver. The band is braided silver wire.
Size: 7" in length with 1.5" opening
The wearer of this bracelet will also have a bit of the ocean on their wrist as a reminder that water is life!
The only word to describe this necklace is stunning! Daniel Coriz inlaid the pendant with two bands of sterling silver, green and blue turquoise, lapis, apple coral and jet, which are set in sterling silver with a large bale. The four-strand necklace of onyx beads is decorated with handmade stamped sterling silver barrel beads with a sterling clasp that had a 3" extender.
Size: 4" Pendant with bale, 19" necklace, not including then 3" extender
Daniel Coriz is a member of a famous family of jewelers and potters from Kewa Pueblo in New Mexico. He learned his skills from his grandfather, Lupe Pena, and his mother, Nestoria, who taught him the basics of making jewelry. He has been creating stunning jewelry for decades and Gathering Tribes is grateful to be able to carry his work.
Many of the Pueblos in New Mexico took on Spanish names after colonization and are now taking back their original names. Kewa Pueblo is the traditional name of the place and the people. It was known as Santo Domingo Pueblo for many, many years.
This stunning 14kt gold pendant reminds of the unseen helpers which are called by many names around the world, and who always have our best interest at heart. The natural Chinese turquoise is absolutely gorgeous, and the lapis over where a heart would be is perfect. We really like that boomerang shape under the lapis...it reminds us of lightening and the Star Trek emblem (Yes, we love Star Trek!)
Size: 3.125" L x 1.75" W
Michael Anthony Cheatham is an enrolled member of the Echota Cherokee of Alabama. He is a self-taught jeweler who has a Gemologist Diploma from the Gemological Institute of America. We are happy to be the only online representative of his work and hope you enjoy the treasures he creates.