Renewed national interest in Native American history and art in the 1970s brought new energy and prosperity to Southwestern jewelry making.Not only did the market expand to accommodate more makers, but the heightened interest in Native culture also fostered conditions that allowed the best smiths to elevate their craft into a truly indigenous art form.
Such groundbreaking artists as Charles Loloma, Kenneth Begay, and Preston Monongye combined sophisticated aesthetics with unparalleled technical ability to create world-class designs that have reestablished the prominence of Native jewelry making in America.
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