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QUESTION: can you please help me identify the artist of a pendant I bought stamped with only a feather and the word sterling?
I appreciate any help you can give me!
Thank you

ANSWER: It would help to show me the front as well. Stamps can be used by anybody, so trying to narrow it down is usually a good idea. Send the image as a follow-up. Thanks.

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QUESTION: WOW!!! Thanks for responding so quickly!! Here's the front!
Thank you VERY much!!!

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It looks like Navajo work, but having gone through six volumes of mark references, I can't seem to find the artist's mark. It may be either a feather or a leaf.The inlay is Spondylous Shell (Spiny Oyster) and turquoise. Those are two materials used a very long time in the Southwest, and becasue of that, it may also be Pueblo work, possibly Cochiti Pyueblo in New Mexico. I would date it to the late 1970s or early 1080s. I'll keep this image and keep looking, thoguh. I'll be sure to post a follow-up if I find the hallmark. Sorry I didn't have it in my files.

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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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