In the mid- to late 1930s, Hopi Indian jewelry was promoted and championed by the Museum of Northern Arizona in nearby Flagstaff.
Evidence points to Lanyade as the first Zuni Indian to learn to work Silver, sometime around 1872.
He instructed other village men, and later raveled to Hopi Indian where he taught their first smiths.
Before their first contacts with Europeans, Hopi Indians fashioned jewelry from bone, seeds, shell, and local stones (including turquoise, according to ancestral ways.
Metalsmithing techniques, including silversmithing, came to Hopi Indian somewhat later than to other Southwest tribes.
Zuni Indian Drilling Turquoise, 1930However, early Zuni Indian jewelry-making efforts often took the form of collaborations between Navajos and Zuni Indians, in which a Navajo smith would cast a silver piece-by sandcasting or another method-and a Zuni Indian lapidarist would set in the stones. Wallace, who stimulated sales and new directions for Zuni Indian jewelry.
Zuni Indian was also the site of much Indian trader. At the start of the twentieth century, beadmaker Zuni Indian Dick was well known for teaching turquoise grinding and shaping for personal adornment, and he often appears in the photographs of visiting ethnographers and recorders of life in Zuni Indian Pueblo.
Jewelry created by members of the Hopi Indian Native American Indian tribe, whose traditional homeland is on three isolated mesas in northern Arizona; the major Hopi Indian villages are Walpi (on First Mesa); Shungopovi, Mishongnovi, and Shipaulovi (Second Mesa); Oraibi (Third Mesa); and the farming community of Moencopi to the west of Third Mesa.
Much of Hopi Indian jewelry is done in Overlay style.
After 1900, they began to create jewelry for commercial consumption as well.
The availability of turquoise and silver, together with better silver working tools, enabled craftsmen to supply the growing market among Indian traders and tourists who were arriving in droves by railroad to visit the Southwest.
Turquoise, a traditional favorite of the Navajos, began to be combined with silverwork in their making of American Indian jewelry the 1880s. Eventually, the local supply of turquoise increased as more mines were opened.