The time-hon­ored tra­di­tions of Phoni Pue­blo

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Is that Zuni fetish ac­tu­ally made in Pak­istan? Do you know the dif­fer­ence be­tween real turquoise and its teal-col­ored im­posters? Just what is it that dis­tin­guishes au­then­tic Na­tive Amer­i­can art from its knock­offs? Na­tive art buyer Jeff Lewis and jew­elry artist Mona Van Riper prom­ise to tackle these thorny ques­tions in a 6 p.m. Wed­nes­day, July 14, fo­rum, “Au­then­tic­ity and Dis­clo­sure,” at Col­lected Works Book­store (202 Gal­is­teo St., 988-4226). With In­dian Mar­ket just around the corner, it’s a good time to study up. Van Riper is a Santa Fe artist who com­bines tra­di­tional and mod­ern styles to cre­ate ster­ling sil­ver and turquoise belt buck­les and jew­elry. Lewis op­er­ates the Trade Roots Col­lec­tion, a lo­cal store that stocks raw ma­te­ri­als such as co­ral and pear shell as well as com­mis­sioned Navajo and Zuni jew­elry pieces. Both are vet­ting mem­bers of the Stan­dards Com­mit­tee of SWAIA, the South­west­ern As­so­ci­a­tion for In­dian Arts, which runs In­dian Mar­ket. This is the third event in SWAIA’s Na­tive

Arts Au­then­tic­ity lec­ture se­ries; the last takes place on July 28. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 983-5220.

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