Hello and thank you for your interest in our inventory. Up for your consideration today is this MAGNIFICENT and VERY RARE sterling silver turquoise and coral inlay & overlay Phoenix Bird bolo tie by Hopi Master Silversmith BERNARD DAWAHOYA. There were only 6 made for Phoenix City Council members, early 1960s.
Ref., Reassessing Hallmarks of Native Southwest Jewelry
by PAT MESSIER & KIM MESSIER
Ref., American Indian Jewelry I: 1200 Artist Biographies
BY GREGORY SCHAFF ASSISTED BY ANGIE YAN SCHAAF
Bernard Dawahoya (Masqueva, Little Sun), (hallmark – Snow Cloud)
(Hopi, Snow Clan, active ca. 1950 – 2010: silver overlay jewelry, boxes bowls, textiles, paintings, Kachinas, leatherwork)
LIFESPAN: April 5, 1935 – February 2010
RESIDENCE: Shungopovi, Second Mesa, AZ
FAMILY: son of Eunice Dawahoya; nephew of Washington Talayumptewa & Sidney Sekakuku, Sr.; brother of Bueford Dawahoya; uncle of Steward Tewawina Dacawyma, Fernando Puhuhefvaya & Patrick Tewawina
TEACHER: Washington Talayumptewa & Sidney Sekakuku
STUDENTS: Jesse Josytewa, Loren Sakeva Qumawanu, Lauren Koinva, Alvin Sosolde (Pima), Takala, and Weaver Selina
AWARDS: 1971, 1st; 1977, 2nd; 1978, Best of Division,1st (2), overlay concha belt, buckle; 1979, 2nd overlay buckle, 3rd, concha belt; 1984, 2nd bolos; boxes; 2nd, 3rd, bowls, 2nd, concha belts, 2nd, 3rd, necklaces; 1988, 1st, link belts, 1st, 3rd,pots; 1989, link belts, 1st, pins, 1st, miniatures, 2nd, boxes; 1990, 1st link belts, 1st, miniatures, 2nd bowls, 2nd, bolos, 2nd, bracelets, Indian Market Santa Fe; Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ; 1977, Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Arts & Crafts Show; 1998, Arizona Living Treasure, numerous awards.
EXHIBITIONS: 1971- present, Indian Market, Santa Fe; 2000 “Rain” Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ; 2002, ”Jewels of the Southwest,” Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Santa Fe; Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ.
COLLECTIONS: Peabody Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; James Bialac, Phoenix, AZ; Dr. Gregory and Angie Yan Schaaf, Santa Fe.
FORMS: belt buckles, bolo ties, bow guards, bracelets concha belts, necklaces, pendants, pins, rings.
FAVORITE DESIGNS: Hopi Snake Dancer, Crow Mother, Mudheads, Kokopelli, Eagles, Roadrunners, corn plants, maze.
PUBLICATIONS: SWAIA Quarterly Fall 1971: 10; Fall 1973: 2; Fall 1974: 3; Fall 1982: 10; Fox 1978: 92; Native People Winter 1994: 51; Lester 1995: 141; American Indian Art Magazine Winter 1995: 112; Autumn 1996: 42; Spring 1999: 74; Bassman 1997: 9, 92; Jacka 1998: 20; Capone 1998: 141; Wright 1998: 46-47, 81, 118; 2000:55, 60, 67-68, 88; Marshall 2000: 58; Baxter 2001:196; Schaaf; 284, 291.
Bernard Dawahoya learned to make jewelry from his uncles, Washington Talayumptewa & Sidney Sekakuku. Bernard recalled, “ I was about 15 years-old, when I was working at my Uncle Sidney Sekakuku’s sheep camp. I was playing with their tools, when they caught me one day. This was the beginning of my Jewelry making.”
Bernard also took classes at the Hopi Silvercraft Cooperative Guild. He and Eldon James worked for Wayne and Emory Sekaquaptewa, making jewelry at their Hopi Enterprise shop in Phoenix. In 1961, he worked in Kykotsmovi at their Hopicrafts shop. Their display room was re-located in 1971 at the cultural Center. Bernard eventually re-settled in Shungopavi, creating his own shop, while exhibiting at arts and crafts shows. (Jacka 1998: 20; Wright 1998: 46-47.)
I first met Bernard in the 1980s at his shop, one of the first buildings to the right near the entrance of Shungopavi village. He showed me his jewelry, which was exceptionally beautiful. His silver boxes with lids were especially fine. I later returned with a Hopi manta, showing it first to his wife. She called Bernard who inspected it closely, taking his time, then raising his eye with a smile and asking, “ What would you like?” I pointed out one of his fine bolo ties. Bernard just smiled again and handed it to me. The trade was made. His wife was pleased.
I then saw Bernard and his wife at Indian Market. One year, we wanted to trade necklaces. I was wearing an old heishi and Turquoise nugget necklace with jaclas. Bernard asked his wife if she approved of the trade. She responded, “ you guys are big boys. If you boys want to trade necklaces, go right ahead.” And, we did to our mutual satisfaction.
In 1999, I took my wife to visit Bernard and his wife at Shungopavi. Angie acquired a Kachina pendant with a handmade silver chain for herself. She also acquired an eagle pin which she later gave to me for my birthday.
Inventory #: 521ZUN40
Size: H. 2" x W. 1 7/8" x Hangs including tips 18.5”
Artist/Hallmark: Bernard Dawahoya
Condition: Excellent Vintage Condition,
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