Museum of Natural History to Feature Native American Jewelry

On Oct. 30, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City will open "Totems to Turquoise: Native North American Jewelry Arts of the Northwest and Southwest." The exhibit will include some 500 pieces of historic and contemporary jewelry and artifacts. According to Steve Reichl, senior publicity manager for the museum, the exhibit will celebrate "the beauty, power, and symbolism of the magnificent tradition of Native American arts." On view through July 10, 2005, "Totems to Turquoise" examines techniques, materials, and styles that have evolved over the past 100 years as Native American jewelers have adapted to technical, societal, and commercial changes, transforming their traditional craft into an artistic, as well as cultural, expression. The exhibition will showcase artwork from the Haida, Kwakwaka'wakw, Tsimshian, Gitxsan, Nisga'a, Tlingit, Nuu-chah-nulth, Haisla, and Sa
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