Native American Culture/Austin Garcia earrings

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Elaine DeCostanzo wrote at 2014-02-06 00:54:34
There is an Austin Garcia who worked in the Albuquerque area for many years for Al Jamarillo (sp?). I found Austin again a few years ago working at a shop in Madrid, NM. Can't remember shop's name, but they specialize in Santo Domingo jewelry. Austin produces many one-of-a-kind pieces there.


Judy wrote at 2014-04-13 14:57:07
I was just in New Mexico.  I bought a necklace with Austin Garcia stamped on the back.  The shop owner said he was Santo Domingo Pueblo and seemed to know him.  You can contact Trading Bird Pottery Gallery in Madrid New Mexico for more info.  


Peggy Lee wrote at 2014-08-16 19:10:38
Hi:  I lived in Albuquerque and a friend named Mike Garcia who I believe was a cousin to Austin Garcia. Mike was from Algodones,NM; I have lost touch with him, I bought several pieces of Austin's work through Mike and I had Austin design a watch band for me.  To my knowledge Austin Garcia is from the Algondones area. The pieces I have are silver and black onyx. The watch is silver and gold.  They are all stamped Austin Garcia.  I am in the process of selling some of my pieces because I'm getting ready to retire and just want to lighten my load, so I found this question while I was looking to see what his work would be worth.  


Altavista wrote at 2014-10-23 05:01:07
I have a few pieces by Austin Garcia that I purchased in Madrid NM.  If the same Austin Garcia, he does incredibly wonderful work.  You can contact gypsy gems in Madrid and they carry his work.


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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.

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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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