It is Always a pleasure to welcome the Native American jewelry show on March 23 and 24th. Presented by the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, it will be held this year in the beautiful Tahquitz Room of the luxury Spa Resort and Casino in downtown Palm Springs. From 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM American Indian craft and jewelry fans will experience a little bit of Heaven right here in our desert.
The museum is legendary for its dedication to authenticity and its hard work to preserve and protect the precious cultural artifacts and unique history of the California Indian tribes here in the Valley. This show will feature representatives of the Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise standing by to answer questions about each beautifully handcrafted item. Among the artisans represented will be the Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni American Indian tribes.
An extra special guest will Be JT Willie of JT Willie Designs. He is the famous award-winning beader of the Taabaaha (Water’s Edge People) and born for the Tachiinii (Red Running into the Water People). He recently took First Place and Best of Show for Contemporary Native American clothing at the SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market Native American Clothing Contest. Needless to say his work is in high demand to say the very least.
Recently he commented that his beadwork was a way to express his feelings and thoughts from each moccasin to each bracelet he crafts. Mr. Willie also uses silver to protect the beadwork and centralize each design. It only takes one look at the exquisite jewelry and clothing items he produces to know that these are heirloom articles to be used for a lifetime and passed on to the next generation.
For me personally, that is what sets this show apart. Each purchase is a unique work of art that is to be enjoyed and savored for years to come. The show always brings in a huge crowd of the most interesting people! These are usually folks who really know and appreciate the Southwestern lifestyle. If they don’t already own a second home in the Coachella Valley it doesn’t take much convincing to get them to start looking for one.
It might be the clear sundrenched days, or those starry nights embraced by a gentle breeze, but I am inclined to think it is a little of both combined with our gorgeous luxury homes and the lifestyle of good health and solid well-being. Of course the great shopping, fine dining, superb entertainment, and unbridled fun can’t hurt. I hope you make it to the jewelry show, where everything from simple rings and bracelets to the most elaborate necklace designs will be on display for our pleasure. Have a great week and hope to see you there!