Victor Coochwytewa (1922-2011) A member of the Water Clan from Songoopavy Village on Second Mesa, he began silversmithing about 1940, working for over a half century. A traditional Hopi in all respects, he is famously quoted for saying

"Jewelry is my hobby; corn is my work".

He worked independently, then with the Hopi Guild and, beginning in 1975 for Kopavi in Sedona, Arizona where he produced stunning work in gold and even diamonds.


Above: a three piece hinged choker with Butterfly Maiden, corn plant and rainclouds motifs by Victor with both his hallmark and that of Kopavi. 1.5 inches at the widest point. $3600.

This Man in the Maze pin-pendant by Victor was made before he joined Kopavi in 1974 so it has only his raincloud hallmark on the reverse. Just over 1.75 inches across. $485.


Another stunning inlaid pendant by Duane Maktima that shows his unique eye for color and unusual stones. This is inlaid with pale blue-grey chalcedony, purple sugilite, red-orange carnelian, opal and a unique, almost translucent form of serpentine found only in Oregon. Beautiful texture on the reverse, utilizing a technique known as reticulation. Not including the bale, the pendant is 1.75 inches long and 1 inch across. $1800.


When it comes to Navajo tapestries, Barbara Teller Ornelas is a living legend. This texile, 14.75 by 19.75 inches has a weft count of about 15 and a warp count well above 80...even using a magnifier and a straight pin I found it impossible to count. The weave is exceptionally fine. Adding the fine lines of white and a moderated red, the pattern powerfully evokes the night turning to deep blue as morning approaches, then white dawn and finally red dawn. $1800.


A classic old Navajo concha belt bought out of dead pawn in 1954 and owned by the actor Lee Marvin. Written provenance from Pamela Marvin. The buckle is earlier than the rest of the belt as it was made from hammered ingot. The buckle measures 2 5/8 by 3 5/8 inches. The tag indicates that it was pawned by one Charlie Dixon, June 27, 1953 for $37 or $39. The conchas measure 2.25 by 3 inches. The butterfly spacers are 5/8 by 7/8 inches. $3600. 7conchas, 8 butterfly spacers and buckle. (Tucson)


and bracelet. They probably date to the 1950s to early 1960s.
The bracelet is 5.25 with a .75 opening (it can go to a 1 inch opening) 1 7/8 inch long earrings. The necklace is 25 inches long and the nazha measures 3 by 2.25 inches.

$9000 for the set. (Tucson)