ON THE COVER
Cornelia Bowannie, leader of the Zuni Olla
Maidens of Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico, proudly displays two of her
people’s world-famous cultural attributes: their beautiful handmade
pottery and their stunning turquoise jewelry. The Maidens, ages 13 to
59, travel the U.S. and Canada performing traditional Zuni songs and
dances. Photo by LeRoy DeJolie (Navajo).
Turquoise: Sacred Stones
overview of the fabulous blue stone so prized by collectors and
consumers includes a history of its use and concise biographies of a
handful of outstanding turquoise artisans: Darryl Dean Begay, Jimmy
Calabaza, Kenneth Johnson, Duane Maktima, Naavaasya, Verma Nequatewa,
Veronica Poblano, Angie Reano Owen, Mike Bird-Romero, Roy Talahaftewa,
Wes Willie, Lee Yazzie and Raymond Yazzie. Plus, buyer’s tips on what
to look for and where to shop. By Dr. Gregory Schaaf (Cherokee).
Santa Fe’s Indian Market: A Personal History
Since its modest launch in 1922, the Santa Fe Indian Market has grown
to become the world’s largest and most prestigious Indian art festival.
But as this story reveals, it’s largely been a labor of love among
individuals and families, and it remains so today. By Bruce Bernstein.
5 Artists Going Global
We take a look at the art and careers of five notable Native
artists—sculptor Doug Hyde (Nez Perce/Assiniboine/Chippewa), painter
Emmi Whitehorse (Navajo), painter Tony Abeyta (Navajo), potter Susan
Folwell (Santa Clara Pueblo) and painter Darren Vigil Gray (Jicarilla
Apache)—who have amassed their worldwide renown apart from Indian
markets and festivals. By Hollis Walker & Daniel Gibson.
The Power of Two: The Autry Museum and Southwest Museum Team Up
Two of Los Angeles’ major cultural institutions join forces to offer
the public a far better view of the fabulous collections of each. By
Giants of the North: Alaska’s Native Corporations
They are some of the Alaska’s major economic powers, including the
state’s largest home-grown company—Arctic Slope Regional
Corporation—and they are Native owned and operated. Join us as we
explore these little-known economic powerhouses. By Steven Levi.
We hear from a reader looking for good audio books with Native themes,
several admirers of last issue’s cover girl, and a fan of musician
Despite U.S. federal regulations, the buying and selling of sacred
Native American artifacts remains a problem both inside and outside our
borders. By Karenne Wood (Monacan).
On The Wind
The Peabody Essex Museum expands, and Portland State University gets a
new Native student center. Plus, other important news in arts, the
environment, business, politics, health and other realms of life in
Indian Country. By Daniel Gibson.
This issue we head southeast to Alabama’s major Moundville festival
celebrating Southern Native cultures. Plus, details on other special
events of Native interest across North America. By Daniel Gibson.
Spirit of the Harvest
Former Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller of Oklahoma
dishes up some of her family recipes, including Cherokee bean bread and
pumpkin pie. By Beverly Cox and Martin Jacobs.
Join us as we arrive by dugout for a stay in the remote Chagres River
village of Panama’s Embera Drua people, who are attempting to develop a
modest cultural ecotourism enterprise. By Jon Kohl. Photography by
We take a scenic drive up the Hudson River Valley from New York City to
Modo Gallery in Hudson for a show focusing on the work of potter Jody
Folwell (Santa Clara Pueblo). Also, brief looks at other exhibitions at
leading Native arts–oriented galleries throughout the continent. By
Russ Tall Chief (Osage).
On the West Coast, we peruse the exceptional exhibition Fusing Traditions: Transformations in Glass
by Native American Artists, now showing at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art
and History in California. Also, previews of other shows at major
museums coast to coast. By Wendy Weston (Navajo).
We find a good read in Indian Lover, a historical novel set in southern California circa 1844–47 by non-Native author Garth Murphy; as well as the enchanting Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country by the lyrical Louise Erdrich (Ojibwe). By Deborah Utacia Krol (Salinan/Esselen).
Our music editor chats with the talented Arvel Bird (Shivwit Paiute),
master of the fiddle and the Apache-style violin, as well as a fine
lyricist and composer. Also in his CD player this issue are Meant to Be by Jenna Mammina, Caught in the Act by the Alaskan fusion band Pamyua, and Indians Indians by Robert Mirabal. By j poet.