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The Jemez Pueblo Harvest Celebration

The Jemez Pueblo feast day celebrating Saint Persingula, the patron saint of the Pueblo, is held every year on August 2nd. While some rituals in most feast day celebrations are very private and secret, Palms’ owner, Guy Berger, has been invited to attend this... Read more
Kokopelli: Fertility Deity and God of Harvest

Kokopelli: Fertility Deity and God of Harvest

  In many places in the world, primitive people used to carve images on rocks, often called Petroglyphs.  The Kokopelli, a mystical flute player, is the most well known petroglyph in the American southwest. Petroglyph carvings of the Kokopelli figure date... Read more
The Snake Dance of the Hopi Indians

The Snake Dance of the Hopi Indians

The Snake Dance of the Hopi Indians Excerpts from the book by Earle R. Forrest, followed by a personal comment from Palms Trading Company Owner Guy Berger   In no other part of the world will you witness a religious ceremony during which the participants dance... Read more
Zuni Fetishes: History, Legend, and Purpose

Zuni Fetishes: History, Legend, and Purpose

  When it comes to Zuni fetishes, “more than meets the eye” only begins to scratch the surface of all that lies behind these beautiful Native American carvings.  In fact, the stories and history behind fetishes extend far beyond what many view as just a stone... Read more
The Legend of the Dream Catcher

The Legend of the Dream Catcher

Dream catchers are beautiful pieces of art that have an even deeper meaning of prophecy combined with healing energies. While the legend of these works of art varies among different tribes, the fact remains that dream catchers are woven within the fabric of many... Read more
Native American Carved Stone Fetishes: A Primer

Native American Carved Stone Fetishes: A Primer

  Native Americans have created and used carved stone fetishes throughout recorded history; particularly those residing in the Southwest.  A fetish is an object, typically carved of stone, rock, or antler, that is believed to have special powers.   Fetishes... Read more
The Maze, or Se-eh-ha’s House (Man in the Maze)

The Maze, or Se-eh-ha’s House (Man in the Maze)

  Man in the Maze, a recognizable symbol among Native American art, represents challenge and triumph, and is a true symbol of perseverance.  After Se-eh-ha returned to his home in the Greasy Mountains, he decided to build a new home, a dwelling that would be like... Read more
The Native American Squash Blossom Necklace

The Native American Squash Blossom Necklace

The Native American squash blossom necklace, while a Native American creation, developed slowly and is deeply rooted in non-Native American Indian culture and history.     The main part of any squash (blossom) necklace, the crescent shaped pendant called the... Read more
A Brief History on Native American Kachinas

A Brief History on Native American Kachinas

Native American Kachinas have a rich and varied history beyond the fact that they are most often recognized as wooden, carved dolls. The “original” kachinas were supernatural spirits and beings.  These mostly benevolent entities once lived among the Native American... Read more
The Tale of the Corn Maiden

The Tale of the Corn Maiden

 A story written by Isleta Pueblo carver Andy Abeita, this piece explores the Tale of the Corn               Maiden, and the importance of both the figure and all she represents in Pueblo Native American   culture.   In Pueblo Indian culture, there have been... Read more
The Pueblo Storyteller

The Pueblo Storyteller

  Time-honored Pueblo pottery traditions of working with clay and telling stories have merged into a modern art form: “Storyteller” pottery dolls. The art of making clay effigies is as ancient as the Anasazi peoples, who inhabited the deserts of New Mexico many... Read more
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