The Native American people of this region have lived in harmony and respect with their natural environment.

Stories of their emergence and of their living history are handed down from one generation to the next through prayer and song. The traditional knowledge of their ancestors is the basis for how they live today and is reflected in architecture, traditions, arts and ceremony.

We are most grateful for the blessings of our Earth Mother as she provides us with all that we need to sustain our livelihood now, and into the future. As native people living in modern times, we have a responsibility to maintain balance with our natural environment and world trends. As you explore this collection of traditional and contemporary artwork, you will see memories of the past as well as the voice and creativity of modern native people.

We invite you to enjoy this celebration of cultural art.

Otto Lucio

Zuni Pueblo is a village of many artists who have perfected their skills from years of intricate labor, and help from multigenerational talent. In 1987, I began my quest to learn to make Zuni jewelry. Self-taught in the art and fabrication of soldering sterling silver, cutting, grinding, sanding, and polishing the stones; I would consult my mother, Eileen Lucio, an artist, for her advice. Through the years, I have learned new techniques in soldering silver, inlaying the stones, sanding and polishing the pieces to a glossy and more refined finish. I use traditional stones; turquoise, red coral, Acoma jet, and mother of pearl.

However, as an artist, I am willing to try something new. I began to experiment with other types of turquoise, lapis, sugalite, various types of sea shells: red, orange, and purple spiney oyster shell. My art work has evolved over the years and I have become more in tune with my skills and abilities. I have learned that if my mind is not focused to work and I become impatient, then I do not produce a quality piece of art. Therefore, making Zuni jewelry takes a lot of time and patience. At this time, I am confident to say that my caliber of art is comparable to some of the more well-known artists of Zuni Pueblo.

“I become inspired for designs by observing my surroundings; taking nature walk s, pondering Zuni history and culture, looking through art magazines or looking at historic photographs of Zuni Pueblo. I designed my trademark stamp after Zuni’s mighty Dowa Ya:la’ne’ (Com Mountain). When I’m making a custom piece for an individual, I try to make a design that would match their personality.”