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Rudy and Mary Coriz


This kind of jewelry is the famous for and is called Slabs which means dial. They have made them for generations and used them as a means of payment e.g. when they needed blankets from the Navajo or jars from the Acoma Indians.

As a rule, the whole family makes the jewelery.

Kewa Tribe


Ricardo Caté

Painter and author of Without Reservations.

Ricardo Caté has been drawing Without Reservations daily for the newspaper The Santa Fe New Mexican since 2006.

His quirky and often gripping humor makes fun of both the white man and the Indians, you could say that he is reminiscent of our Morten Ingemann in his style of putting humor on the shadowy sides of everyday life and politics.

Ricardo is a KEWA Indian and closely follows the traditions of his tribe and teaches the young people on the reserve about their cultural heritage. He has 3 children 1 dog and lives in KEWA, Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico, USA

Ronald and Petra Chavez

Having worked together since they were teenagers they continue the centuries-old artistic tradition of working with stones and shells to make jewelry. Their special artistry, skill and patience are combined to create exquisite turquoise, heishi necklaces, pendants, earrings, rings and brooches. Their jewelry has the classic look of the past with a modern touch.

Artisans from Kewa Pueblo (formerly Santo Domingo Pueblo) had easy access to turquoise and gained a reputation for making fine turquoise jewelry and heishi. Ronald and Petra are among many who keep this reputation alive today. Both come from jewelry-lean families, where creating handmade pearls was part of the family's everyday life. As little children, they learned what it takes to make pearls. Initially to sort and string them, later to process and give them its special personal expression.


Ami Lucero and Ambrosio Chavez

Next generation : Ronald & Petra Chavez's son Ambrosio Chavez has the same tradition with origins in natural materials, although he has a slightly more modern style.

Ross Reano and Shannon Tenorio

They are relatively new to the subject, but have a promising career in jewelry art and are some of the best friends we have in Kewa.

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