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Current Exhibitions

Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning

April 13, 2014 through May 2, 2016

Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning highlights the Museum’s extensive collection of Southwestern turquoise jewelry and presents all aspects of the stone, from geology, mining and history, to questions of authenticity and value.

People in the Southwest have used turquoise for jewelry and ceremonial purposes and traded valuable stones both within and outside the region for over a thousand years. Turquoise, Water, Sky presents hundreds of necklaces, bracelets, belts, rings, earrings, silver boxes and other objects illustrating how the stone was used and its deep significance to the people of the region. This comprehensive consideration of the stone runs through May 2, 2016.

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Turquoise rough, Cerrillos District
Turquoise rough, Cerrillos District. Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology (43271/11). Photograph by Blair Clark.

Contemporary Bracelet
A contemporary expression in turquoise, jett on silver bracelet by Na Na Ping.

Young Man with Bow Guards (Ketoh)
The Navajo (Diné) and Hopi developed an arm guard to provide protection while shooting an arrow from a bow called a ketoh. It is often sports a central motif, decorated with silver and turquoise. While functional they are normally personal and ritual adornment.

Contemporary Artistic Expressions
Angie Reano Owen of Santo Domingo used Red Mountain turquoise inlaid on shell to create this contemporary cuff (Cat #55381/12, 3.5 by 2.5 inches). The techniques and materials, however, have been used for at least a thousand years by Native Southwestern turquoise artists.