The time-honored traditions of Phoni Pueblo
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.