Pueblo Bead Jewelry: Living Design

Paula A. Baxter, Photography by Barry Katzen

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The bead played a vital role in Pueblo Indian jewelry design, and its influence continues today in modernist American design. In these pages, featuring more than 250 breathtaking photos, renowned expert Baxter integrates her decades of research with updated findings. Beads were made in the prehistoric American Southwest by the ancestors of the Pueblo Indians, and survived into the historic era. Bead jewelry creations in shell, stone, and silver are important in the Native American jewelry marketplace. This book revisits some leading misconceptions about Pueblo jewelry-making in the existing literature. A survey of modern Pueblo jewelry innovation confirms that its design is second to none, and discusses how Pueblo design meshed with American mid-century modernist expression. Today’s Pueblo jewelers, also featured here, continue to offer invention and originality.

Size: 8 1/2" x 11" | 260 color images | 160 pp
ISBN13: 9780764355851

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Paula A. Baxter teaches undergraduate art history and humanities courses, and was previously an art librarian and curator at the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and the New York Public Library. Baxter is an independent design historian who has written numerous magazine articles on American Indian arts and designs. She is the author of The Encyclopedia of Native American Jewelry, Southwest Silver Jewelry, Southwestern Indian Rings, and Southwestern Indian Bracelets. She works with her husband Barry Katzen, who photographed all the images in this work and the two previous titles. A digital marketing director for a global publisher, Katzen is a published photographer who had a solo exhibition of his works in 2015.