I had a wonderful chat with Libert Peyketewa’s son, Clybert Peyketewa, and here is what he told me, which is somewhat at odds with what is stated in the hallmark books:
“Clybert’s father, the late Libert Peyketewa, was taught needlepoint and silverwork by his father and mother, LaVern Peyketewa and Victoria Amasoila. When Libert married, he taught his wife Carol the stone work while he continued to do the silverwork. After Libert passed away, his wife never remarried and and discontinued the jewelry making. Clybert figures this set was made in the late 1980s.
Libert Peyketewa’s hallmark
“Most Libert Peyketewa sets we’ve seen have only two or maybe three pieces. This is a rare set that has four pieces. Color of necklace, bracelet and earrings matches very well, the ring is a bit more green.
Could you tell me if Nathaniel and Rosemary Nez, are of the Zuni tribes ~~ I see they do a lot of petite point and needle point in their work. My friend say’s they are Navajo, she has a needle point bracelet etched N & R Nez, which makes me think are they Navajo, but do Zuni style work. I know this sounds stupid to you, but would really love to know, who told her they were Navajo.
Good question and you are not the first to ask.
Nathaniel and Rosemary Nez are Navajo artists who do petite point and needle point in Zuni style.
Zuni is the popular name of a Pueblo Indian tribe that now live in western New Mexico. The word “pueblo” has many meanings and does not refer to a particular tribe. It can mean people, race, nation, town, or village. It is saidZunis are direct descendants of the Anasazi who first inhabited the area 1300 years ago.
The Zuni Indian reservation is about 150 miles west of Albuquerque. It comprises 450,000 acres of land and is surrounded by the Painted Cliffs, the Zuni Mountains and the Cibola National Forest. The largest town on the reservation is Zuni Pueblo.
The Zuni speak a unique language, Zunian, and, to this day, maintain a somewhat isolated community life. Religion is of deep significance to Zuni life and many Zuni artifacts relate to religious ceremonies and prayers for rain, fertile soil, abundant harvest and life’s marker event.
The Zuni are known for their beautiful hand carved fetishes, jewelry (particularly stone inlay), needlepoint, artwork and pottery.
When you need a special gift for you Mother, Grandmother, wife or girlfriend, think of a Grandmother Pin.
The Grandmother Pin (also known as a Mother Pin or a Cluster Pin) is a stone cluster pin (or pin-pendant) made by a Navajo or Zuni artist. It is meant to symbolize the matriarch of the family at the center with the family members and their families radiating outward. Traditionally a cluster pin is made of turquoise, but occasionally we will see an all coral or other stone cluster pin.