Indian Silversmiths, New Mexico

This image shows several silversmiths working in their factory, seated on the dirt floor with their tools arranged around them at their workbenches.

Kodachrome Reproduction by Mike Roberts Studios Berkeley 2, Calif.

The description states:

K101–INDIAN SILVERSMITHS

In a typical Hogan we see three Silversmiths at work. Their materials are cons silver and turquoise. The genuine Indian Jewelry is much in demand due to its beauty and original design, two pieces never being alike.

–This business was an important income source for the Native American population in the Southwest, there being little other business or manufacturing nearby to provide jobs.

This image likely dates from the 1950s.

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