What Is the Typical Style of Hopi Jewelry?


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Jewelry made by the Hopi is characterized by overlay design work, in which a design is cut into a piece of sterling silver and soldered onto another solid piece. The solid piece is often colored or textured. Pieces usually feature traditional designs such as cornstalk, bear claws and Kokopelli.

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Chalmers Day is a well-known Hopi jeweler and designer. He has been producing jewelry since 1972 and was once awarded first prize at the Santa Fe Indian Market.

The Hopi first learned jewelry making from the Spanish colonizers but developed their unique overlay style in the 1940s. In addition to jewelry, the Hopi also produce pottery, tihus dolls, baskets and wicker plaques. The Hopi are a native American tribe who live in North Central Arizona.

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