Jamon is best known for the silver bear fetish, an innovative form
that he developed by adapting a common fetish form to the medium
of silver. His silver bears with heartlines take the form of pins,
pendants and stand-ins for stone fetishes on all-silver fetish necklaces
and fetish pots. Carlton learned silverworking from his grandmother
Cornelia Jamon who, in turn, learned from her mother Winnie Jamon.
His wife Julie, who is the daughter of well-known Navajo weaver
Julia Jumbo, collaborates with him. Their son Alex is also a silverworker.
Ostler, James, Marian Rodee, and Milford Najohai. Zuni: A Village
of Silversmiths. Zuni, N.Mex.: A:Shiwi Publishing, 1996, p. 106.
Schaaf, Gregory. American Indian Jewelry 1: 1,200 Artist Biographies
Ca. 1800-Present. Santa Fe, N.Mex. CIAC Press, 2001, p. 142.
Wright, Barton. Hallmarks of the Southwest. Atglen, Pa.: Schiffer
Publishing, Ltd., 2000, p. 84.