One of the most creative jewelers you never heard of, this retiring artist just kept making unusual and beautiful pieces, without a care for recognition or fame. In traditional Native culture, you did whatever was your task, with thanks to Mother Earth, for the benefit of the entire group, not just your own. We mourn the passing of this dear friend, and the anticipation of seeing what he’d come up with, next.
What he came up with years ago, and we just unearthed from oblivion, was this marvelous buckle. Probably dating from the late 1970’s or 1980’s – the design and the price tells us that –
Henry used the then-popular combination of turquoise and a natural branch of red coral. Instead of silver leaves or feathers, however, he produced an abstract design of cloud rain and water symbols. Against the darkened and slightly textured background, the polished silver wires gleam even brighter. Wiggly lines denote water, the angular spirals are rain clouds and wind; the natural watercolored turquoise represents water and the sky, and the red coral stands in for the red rocks of the land.
All very traditional features, but turned into a singular, modern design by his creativity. You can fit a belt up to 1 inch wide in this buckle; then, sit back and enjoy the comments. You know no one else will be able to have one like it, to our sorrow.