Southwest Traditions:
Inter-Tribal Collaborations

Zuni artists make silver rings, bracelets, and necklaces decorated by cluster designs and inlay, and are said to have learned their silver working skills from their Navajo neighbors.

Sometimes, however, Zuni lapidary artists have chosen to concentrate on the stone and work with others, often Navajo silversmiths, to create the platform on which to display their work. This allows each artist to show what they do best and creates objects that could not have been created by a single craftsperson.

Box, 1930s (Gift of Sanford Besser; 56741/12, Origin/Artist: Zuni and Navajo)