Native American jewelry from the Southwest
The intricate "needlepoint" pattern of tiny, inlaid turquoise pieces of this turquoise-and-silver jewelry set is characteristic of the workmanship of the Zuni people of the American Southwest. A Zuni silversmith in New Mexico made these pieces for the Anglo market. In the 20th century, the sale of jewelry, blankets, and other handcrafted objects to tourists became a source of both economic and cultural survival for many Native Americans.
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