Mother's side of the family is from the western part of the
United States and there are many photos of us on Native American
reservations and other areas near my family's home . My great-grandfather
lived near Pikes Peak (a bit northwest of Tucson) and gathered
stones and nuggets of gems and turquoise. He tumbled and polished
the stones then traded them with Native American artists for
their finished works of art of pottery and jewlery. I was
raised with part blood and an abundance of Native Spirit.
My Mother still lives near Flagstaff and we travel to New
Mexico, the Native American jewelry capital of the world,
and visit other artists throughout the Southwest 4 to 5 times
a year to purchase directly from the artists themselves as
well as traders. The Native Americans have always been a part
of our lives and we have always surrounded ourselves with
their culture and beautiful works of art.
All of our items
are bought directly from individual artists or from well
established, well known wholesalers and traders between
Gallup, the reservations, Santa Fe and Albuquerque. We love
to buy directly from the artists so we can support their
craft as well as provide them a living for their incredible
talents. It helps to bypass the middleman so we can send
money back to our adopted families at the reservation.