the Art of the Zuni Exhibit
is an important and highly visible manifestation of culture. It
functions as an expression of personal identity and aspiration
for both the maker and the wearer.
Zuni jewelry and stone carving record complex intercultural influences.
At the same time, they stand as expressions of the continuity
of ancient cultural traditions rooted in the American Southwest.
For many centuries prior to European contact, America's native
peoples made jewelry from stone and shell. In the sixteenth century,
the Spanish introduced silverworking to the Americas, and it was
adopted by the native peoples of the Southwest who adapted it
to existing forms of jewelry produced for both trade and personal
From the late nineteenth century and into the early 1940s, Native
American jewelry became increasingly recognized as a significant
indigenous art form. This period saw the emergence of several
individuals who have since become recognized as the "Old
Masters" of Zuni art, such as Leekya Deyuse, Teddy Weahkee,
Juan Dedios, Horace Iule, Alice Quam, Leo and Daisy Poblano, and
In the 1970s, a renaissance in Native American artistic expression
took place. During this period, appreciation for an increased
range of styles and techniques of jewelry-making and stone-carving
grew, and greater numbers of individual artists were recognized.
Among Zuni artists, Dan Simplicio, Edward and Madeleine Beyuka,
Ellen Quandelacy, Edith Tsabetsaye, Dennis and Nancy Edaakie,
Pete and Dinah Gasper, Lena and Rignie Boone, and Edna Leki emerged
as the "Modern Masters."
artists working today proudly trace their lineage to earlier masters.
Jewelry-making and stone-carving are family enterprises at Zuni
Pueblo, taking place in home-based workshops where all family
members, from youngest to oldest, are assigned important and often
quite specialized roles in production. With the sharing of designs
and techniques that takes place in these workshops, highly distinctive
family styles have developed.
This exhibition draws from the full range of twentieth century
Zuni jewelry-making and stone-carving. Old Masters, Modern Masters
and their descendants are equally represented. Through display
of the work of multiple generations, side by side, the continuity
of these important cultural practices becomes apparent.
- Don Carlos Dewa
Bear Fetish- Stewart Quandelacy
Zuni, New Mexico
October 2006 and March 2007:
Governor Norman Cooeyate
Peter Gasper, Sr.
Dan Simplicio, Jr.
Consultants to KMA
January 19-25, 2003:
Arden Kucate, Tribal Councilman
Leland Kaamasee, Cultural Advisor
Octavius Seowtewa, Cultural Advisor
Eldred Seoutewa, Cultural Advisor
Davis Nieto, Zuni Cultural Resource Enterprise
April 9-12, 2006:
Marian Rodee, Curator Emeritus, Maxwell Museum (NM)
September 5-9, 2006:
Deb Slaney, Curator, Albuquerque Museum (NM)
September 17-21, 2006:
James Enote, Director, A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center
Dan Simplicio, Jr., Zuni Artist (NM)
October 29 – November 1, 2006:
Kent McManis, Zuni Fetish Expert (AZ)
Jennifer McLerran, Curator
Sally Delgado, Curator of Education
Deanna Cook, Curatorial Assistant
Tom Patin, Professor of Art History
Cara Romano, Graduate Curatorial Assistant
Sam Fairchild, Undergraduate Assistant Registrar
Ryan Navaroli, Undergraduate Multimedia Designer
Lauren Marchaza, Graduate Curatorial Assistant
Janice Frisch, Undergraduate Curatorial Assistant
Shawna Pies, Undergraduate Curatorial
Eliza Clarke, Undergraduate Native American
Collection Curatorial Assistant
Libby Stachiw, Undergraduate Curatorial Assistant
Rachel Byers, Former Undergraduate
Nathan Rosson, Undergraduate Multimedia Designer
Kim Kanner, Undergraduate Videographer
Meghan Dillon, Educational Programs Assistant
Mark Earnhart, Educational Programs Assistant
Tiffany Rich, Graduate Education Assistant
Lisa Quinn, School Programs Coordinator