Haloo (1958- )
Haloo (Coonsis) is the daughter of Jacob Haloo. She makes inlay jewelry
featuring highly detailed representations
of birds. She also does Knife Wings and Rainbowmen in her father's
style. Rolanda does her own casting of rings and backings, and prefers
semi-precious stones over shell for inlay.
During her first marriage, Rolanda worked with husband Harlan Coonsis
under the name of Rolanda Coonsis. They signed their collaborative
work with H. R. COONSIS ZUNI. After their divorce, Rolanda returned
to her maiden name. Roland's sisters Dolly Banteah, Lolita Natachu,
and Nancy Laconsello are also jewelers. Her son Colin started making
jewelry at the age of 14 and has become recognized as an important
younger Zuni artist.
and Rolanda Coonsis (Zuni)
Silver, coral, turquoise, mother-of-pearl and/or concha, shell, jet
malachite, tiger eye, lapis lazuli, other
1.5 in. x 1 in.; 35 in. long
Colin Coonsis’ webpage concerning his family and art:
Ostler, James, Marian Rodee, and Milford Najohai. Zuni: A Village
of Silversmiths. Zuni,
N.Mex.:Zuni A:Shiwi Publishing, 1996, p. 70, 102-103.