Monthly Archives: December 2016

Pueblo Indian in Traditional Clothes, New Mexico

This image shows a Native American from the Pueblo nation dressed in traditional clothing.

Kodachrome Reproduction by Mike Roberts Studios

The description states:

K60–PUEBLO INDIAN

Pueblo Indians are colorful dressers during ceremonials and fiestas. Each Pueblo clings to the old traditions and religious customs of their forefathers. Taos Indian pictured is in winter dress. In summer white blankets are worn.

–While it is unlikely that blankets would be used in the heat of the desert summer, the color of the blankets would have a potentially positive effect on heat dispersion, as white is less likely to absorb heat from the sun.

This image likely dates from the 1950s.

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

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.

Navaho Silversmith, Gallup, New Mexico

This image shows a Native American from the Navajo nation working at his anvil on silver jewelry.

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There is no description on the back of this card.

–Of interest in this picture is the anvil in use, which is a small section of rail from a railroad somewhere, which is in turn nailed to a circular piece of wood as it’s base.

This image likely dates from the 1940s.