Kewa Depression Era Necklace
The Santo Domingo Pueblo, now known as Kewa, was isolated in the 1930s. But the can-do spirit came alive when they began producing this type of jewelry. It was unique and personal, the Kewa using whatever material available. This folk-art extended into jewelry like this. Bone beads were rolled. Auto battery casings served as foundation for the appliqued designs. Color came from household goods, for instance, red came from tooth brush handles. The Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe has hosted exhibition of this depression era jewelry in recent years.
From Al Anthony, who recommends: Santo Domingo Pueblo Jewelry by Sally and J. Roderick Moore in The Magazine Antiques, Brant Publications, Inc. July 2009, vol. CLXXVI, no. 1. pp. 56-61.