at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
Thunderbirds: Jewelry of the Santo Domingo Pueblo
Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico has the longest jewelry-making tradition of any of the Southwest pueblos. It stretches back centuries. During the 20th century, however, they created a fascinating type of jewelry that until now has received little attention. Sometimes called Depression jewelry, or, as the makers themselves referred to it, thunderbird jewelry, it is a true expression of folk art. Economic conditions and rise of tourism in the 1930s led to the modification and creation of jewelry made from non-traditional materials like car batteries and the use of the thunderbird motif. On display will be over 100 examples of the necklaces and earrings that were produced in the first half of the 20th century. The exhibit will also explore the technique used to make the jewelry and the families who created the pieces. This loan exhibition is organized by guest curators Roddy and Sally Moore of the Blue Ridge Institute at Ferrum College, Ferrum, Virginia.
Opening Saturday, June 27, 2015