Hopi kachinas, or katsinas, created by Native american carvers
Kachina or Katsina: The Hopi Carvings, Explained
March 21, 2019

The Hopi believe that everything has a spirit, and the Katsina are a visible form of those spirits. Katsina dancers embody this essence, and the dolls represent the dancers.

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Cliff dwellings of the Salado people in the Tonto National Monument.
Tonto National Monument: Not Just Another Day Trip
March 15, 2019

The Apache Trail near Roosevelt Lake and Dam, part of the Tonto National Monument in Arizona, features the cliff dwellings of the Salado people, as this vintage photograph shows.

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Turquoise is found with matrix (veining), created by copper, iron, and other materials.
Touched by Turquoise: The Universal Appeal of Turquoise Jewelry
February 19, 2019

Many of the words used for turquoise in Native American languages translate as the ‘sky stone’ in English. Turquoise is believed to offer positive healing energy, to assist in communication, expression, mental functions, and protection.

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Brightly painted copal wood carvings (alebrijes) from Mexico.
Mexican Wood Carvings: Wild Oaxacan Wonders
December 20, 2018

Brightly colored objects are a staple in the Southwestern United States and Mexico. Whether it’s brilliant Talavera pottery decorating the gardens…

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