Having been raised in the southwest, and having sold a lot of
authentic Navajo jewelry, I am quite curious as to the source of
Fair question, George. Unfortunately my wife felt that only my
"impressive" looking jewelry books (i.e., hardback) should be in the
living room book cases, so a lot of my books are now in boxes in my
office along with my travel related guidebooks, maps, etc.
Anyway, I've read this, or similar interpretation in at least a
couple places. The first reference I can find that describes this is
Southwest Indian Designs With Some Explanations by Mark Tomas
Bahti, (c) 1994, Published by Treasure Chest Publications in Tucson,
AZ. ISBN 0-918080-51-7.
According to the back cover of the book, Mr. Bahti is "Considered an
authority on the arts and culture of the Southwest Indians, Mark
lectures widely and is active...." It also goes on to say that, "Mark
owns and operates Bahti Indian Art, a gallery his father established
in Tucson, AZ over 25 years ago." There is also an extensive (two
page) bibliography at the end of the book.
I don't claim to be such an authority, but his credentials seem
pretty solid to me!
All the best,
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans' Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)