Hello and thank you for you interest in our inventory. Today for your consideration is this WONDERFUL Sterling Silver Tufa cast with a turquoise stone Kokopelli and Feather Necklace by Navajo Master Silversmith & MULTIPLE AWARD WINNER Gary S. Custer.
Ref., American Indian Jewelry II: A-L 1800 Artist Biographies
BY GREGORY SCHAFF ASSISTED BY ANGIE YAN SCHAAF
Gary Custer (stamps GSC, script Gary S. Custer; hallmark - two feathers tied together) (Navajo, active ca. 1989-present: silver jewelry)
BORN: Ft. Defiance, AZ; RESIDENCE: near Gallup, NM
FAMILY: grand-nephew of Frank Apache (Tall Silversmith, Atsidi Nez); m. grandson of Brian Percy Anderson (tufacasting silversmith) & Grace K. Myers (silversmith) from Manuelito; p. grandson of Benjamin & Margaret Custer; son of Benny Custer (silversmith) & Emily Custer (silversmith); brother of Myron Custer, Ira Custer, Michelle Custer McKenny; husband of Marlene Custer; father of Cody, Shane, Jaycee
EDUCATION: Gallup High School, NM; University of New Mexico, Gallup; Universal Technical Institute, Phoenix, AZ
AWARDS: 1993, 2nd; 1998, 2nd, Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Arts & Crafts Show; 1993, Best in Category, Best in Division, 1st, 2nd, ITAE 4th Annual Art Show, Dayton, Ohio; 1995, 1st; 2000, 2nd, Indian Arts & Crafts Association Show, Phoenix; 1998, 1stt; 2003, 2nd; 2007, 2nd, Indian Market, Santa Fe; 2003, 2nd; 2004, 1st, 2nd, Oklahoma Indian Summers, Bartlesville, OK; 2005, HM, Native American Art Festival, Litchfield, AZ
EXHIBITIONS: 1993-present, Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Arts & Crafts Show; 1990s, Intertribal Indian Ceremonial, Gallup, NM; ?-present, Heard Show, Phoenix; 1993, The Mexican Shack, Westchester, NY; 1994, Eagle Plume, Estes Park, CO; 1995-present, Indian Market, Santa Fe; 1995, The Pueblo Connection, Grapevine, TX; 2000, Kokopelli, Prescott, AZ; 1990-present, Indian Arts & Crafts Association Show, Phoenix & Albuquerque; National Finals Rodeo, Las Vegas, NV; pre-2003-present, Native American Art Festival, Litchfield, AZ; 2004, Sage Spirit, Sarasota, FL
PUBLICATIONS: IACA Newsletter Nov. 2001:5; Wright 2000:56.
“I would like to introduce myself by saying my Navajo clans. I am Tódích'íi'nii – Bitter Water Clan and I'm born for the Náneesht'ézhí Táchii'nii -Charcoal-Streaked Division of Táchii'nii. My maternal grandfathers are the Kinyaa'aanii - Towering
House People and my paternal grandfathers are the Dzil tl'ahnii (Mountain Cove clan). “I was born and raised on the Navajo Nation in Ft. Defiance Arizona, near Gallup, New Mexico. I have been around my grandparents since I was young. English is my second language. Knowing the Navajo language has helped me to communicate with my grandparents. My great grandfather [great-uncle] Frank Apache (Tall Silversmith) in the Navajo language was a well known hataalii (medicine man.) He knew the Blessing Way ceremony. This ceremony is the backbone of the Navajo culture. “After high school, I entered college and majored in automotive technician. But after awhile, I decided to look at other avenues. Then in the summer of 1989, fate called upon me, my interest in Navajo silversmithing came to me. My parents are longtime silversmiths and have a well-known background of old Traditional Navajo sandcast jewelry. “My business name “Twin Feather Designs” came to be when my mother handed down some of the old sandcast samples of her work. Some of her pieces date back to the 1800s.“ I call my business “Twin Feather Designs” because of my mother’s traditional work and my contemporary jewelry work. I put them together and I do both tufa-cast and stamp work. I combined the two to give them a contemporary, traditional background design.”
Size: L. end to end is 26” & Hangs 16”
Artist/Hallmark: Gary S. Custer/ G.S.C.
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