Lidchi, Henrietta (Research Associate) and Ataumbi, Keri (2017) Recrafting traditions and materializing memories: a conversation with Keri Ataumbi. Journal of Modern Craft, 10 (2). pp. 175-190. ISSN 1749-6780

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This Statement of Practice starts with a description of the inlay piece recently acquired by National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh. The ring—entitled Zemguani—invokes a Kiowa mythical being. Ataumbi discusses its place within her artistic trajectory and studio practice, especially as regards the use of Native and non-Native materials in jewelry. She also addresses her new work, which features unusual combinations of culturally valuable materials, and her collaborative projects with other jewelers and artists. The interview then turns to her childhood and the trading post where she grew up to reflect on the influence of her mother Jeri Ah-be-Hill (1924–2015) in whose memory the Museum’s commission was made. Ah-be-Hill was a significant figure in the Native American community and has had a considerable influence on Ataumbi’s artistic philosophy.

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Additional Information: V.2016.137: Silver ring with textured front and back, showing Zemguani, Kiowa dimensional being with an elk head and fish body depicted in mother of pearl, elk antler and buffalo horn inlay, with silver and gold shank set with diamonds : Americas, USA, New Mexico, Kiowa, by Keri Ataumbi, 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords: jewelry, materials, narrative, memorial, Native America, trading, sovereignty
Subjects: E History America > E151 United States (General)
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
T Technology > TT Handicrafts Arts and crafts
Theme: Material culture: creation and use
Department: World Cultures
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Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2017 13:46
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2017 16:07

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