By Justin Dizon
The art of jewelry making has long been central to the culture of Native peoples of the Southwestern United States. To give the world at large a glimpse into this resplendent tradition, the National Museum of the American Indian has organized a fascinating and eye-catching exhibit: “Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family.”
Focusing on the gifted Yazzie family of Gallup, New Mexico — one of the most celebrated jewelry making families — the exhibit features almost 300 examples of contemporary jewelry and reflects the persistence of cultural values, including beauty, centering and balance. “Glittering World” shows how Navajo jewelry making fits into a broader historical context of art and commerce and chronicles its development as a form of cultural expression.
The exhibit is open now and runs through January 16, 2016. Oh, and admission is FREE!