Carlton Jamon (Zuni, c. 1965 - ) and Julie Jumbo Jamon (Navajo, c. 1960 - )

Carlton 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.

Carlton Jamon (Zuni)
Silver Fetish Pot/Fetish Necklace/Fetish Pins
silver fetish pot with fetishes that convert to fetish necklace and fetish pins
pot: 5.5 in. diameter, 1.93 in. deep; other dimensions vary
KMA 2005.02.01a-g



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Wright, Barton. Hallmarks of the Southwest. Atglen, Pa.: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 2000, p. 84.