Native American Culture/earring information

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Concho earrings with feathers
Concho earrings with f  
I have lost one of these earrings.  They are my favorite, in fact the only ones I ever wear, and I am heart sick.  If you could identity them, their creator.  I would do anything to replace them, or just 1.

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These are assembled from findings pieces, probably made by Albuquerque Jewelry manufacturer SunWest silver. They may be Navajo, Pueblo or even Zuni assembled, as they are bench-made. You should have little trouble locating another pair if you try Palms Traders or Rio Grande Wholesale. Both have websites and are in Albuquerque, so does SunWest. Give them a try. I would also recommend you look for the tiny, clear plastic "donuts" you can get that slide up over the end of the French Wire and prevent the earring s fro lifting out of your ear when you change your clothes. for example. Most jewelry stores sell them in a bag for a couple of bucks. Hope this helps.  

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As a direct reservation trader in all aspects of American Indian arts since 1985, I've answered questions regarding cultural property issues, origins of traditional crafts, materials and techniques, collecting, authenticity, symbols and, of course, repairs! We have operated a retail gallery since that time, bricks and mortar until 2007 and online since 1996. Our online operation closed in 2/2015, to allow me to finally write full-time. My writing site can be found at www.sailletales.com I'll be adding a book or two from our trader experiences under the pen name of W.T. Durand and the rest of my fiction is under my own name. We are not "New Age" practitioners of adopted American Indian religious ceremonies or combined philosophies. If you are seeking such knowledge for spiritual reasons, we will only provide answers that address factual information on these subjects. Unless one is raised in a traditional, American Indian family with language, culture and religious belief intact, we don't believe that simply applying the trappings or cultural property of a given traditional group will give a non-Indian (Native if you prefer)any insight other than the academic.

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My primary focus is on Southwester American Indian Nations and their people, but I also have experience in Plains and Northeastern traditions, having engaged in active trade and retail since 1985 and study for most of my life. I am not claiming any expertise at all in the work, techniques, lifeways or crafts that are made by the Native People of Mexico. They are not the same, either linguistically or culturally but certainly their crafts deserve discussion and appraisal by those who are able to provide real information.

Publications
I was a guest on Fox Network "Lifestyles" program, during the 1990s, to discuss how to tell forgeries, and authenticating jewelry as Native American work. I have also written extensively for our website, www.kivatrading.com and our Ebay Store.

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UofO, 1970 active in the Authentic American Indian Arts business and direct Trader since 1985. Graphic Designer and published novelist.

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