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Bernard Homer Sr. was one of the most accomplished, widely respected elders and lapidary in the Zuni Pueblo as was his wife Alice an accomplished silversmith, daughter of Leekya Deyuse, from whom she learned silversmithing and fetish carving. Bernard and Alice produced channel inlay jewelry into the 1980’s. In the 1960s Alice began fetish carving, thus carrying on the art form for which her father became famous. Bernard and Alice's son Bernard Homer, Jr. and daughter Juana Homer, are both well-known Zuni artists.
Ref., American Indian Jewelry I: 1200 Artist Biographies
BY GREGORY SCHAFF ASSISTED BY ANGIE YAN SCHAAF
Alice Leekya Homer
(Zuni, active 1940s-88: Mosaic channel inlay jewelry, fetish necklaces, carvings)
LIFESPAN: ca. 1920 – 1988; RESIDENCE: Zuni Pueblo, NM
FAMILY: daughter of Leekya Deyuse; sister of Sarah Leekya, Francis Leekya, Robert Leekya, Roger Leekya; wife of Bernard Homer; mother of Bernard Homer, Jr., Patrick Homer, Juana Homer
TEACHER: Leekya Deyuse, her father
FORMS: bracelets, buckles, earrings, necklaces, pendants, pins, rings etc..
MATERIALS: silver, turquoise, coral, white shell, jet
PUBLICATIONS: Ostler & Rodee 1995:29, 50, 82, 104; Ostler, Rodee & Nahohai 1996:72.
Alice Leekya Homer learned to make jewelry and carvings from her famous father, Leekya Deyuse. She began by helping him in sanding with emery cloth. She then learned to use a traditional bow drill. She did the stringing of fetish necklaces. She learned to carve and did some very large pieces commissioned by Gallup dealers. Her bear carvings were requested by many hunters, who took them to be made into fetishes by Zuni priests. (Oster & Rodee 1995: 29, 50)
Bernard Homer, Sr.
(Zuni, active 1940s-?: mosaic, channel inlay jewelry, painting)
BORN: ca. 1920-2007
RESIDENCE: Zuni Pueblo, NM
FAMILY: son of Quataino; brother of Lambert Homer; husband of Alice Leekya Homer; father of Bernard Homer, Jr., Juana Homer, Patrick Homer, uncle of Rena King, Augustine Panteah, Florentine Panteah, Martin Panteah, Wayne Panteah
COLLECTIONS: Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe
FORMS: bracelets, bolos, buckles, earrings, necklaces, pendants, pins, rings, etc.
MATERIALS: silver, turquoise coral, white shell, jet
GALLERIES: Shush Yaz Trading Post, Santa Fe, Gallup, NM
PUBLICATIONS: Snodgrass 1968; Lester 1955:241; Ostler, Rodee & Nahohai 1996:73.
Inventory #: 450ZUN100
Bolo Size: L 1 7/16" x W. 1 1/4" - Strap 40"
Cufflinks Size: L. 1" x W. 11/16"
Artist/Hallmark: Bernard Homer Sr. & Alice Leekya Homer
Condition: Excellent Vintage Condition,
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