The Abeyta Family
Santo Domigo Artists Pricilla Nieto, Harvey Abeyta, Lester Abeyta and Richard Abeyta
The Santo Domingo Pueblo Indians are known world wide for their talents as lapidary artists. Bead making is a timeless art form that has changed little over the years. Before the arrival of the Spaniards, the Santo Domingo people actively mined turquoise from what is now the Cerrillos Mine, and made turquoise necklaces which were used for trading between tribes. Each bead is entirely cut, shaped, drilled and polished by hand. Even today, many of the village’s people make all or part of their livelihood by making jewelry, pottery, and beaded art work.
The Abeyta Family and Priscilla Nieto live in the Santo Domingo Pueblo located in New Mexico. They are respected artists, whose work appears in many galleries and museums across the United States. They also show annually at the Santa Fe Indian Market. We are proud to showcase this beautiful jewelry from the Abeyta family and Priscilla Nieto as timeless and traditional art.
James and Doris Coriz
Santo Domingo Artist
James and Doris are a husband and wife from the Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico, where they both grew up. Both learned their traditional jewelry making skill from their parents. They are both well known for creating Santo Domingo jewelry using turquoise, coral, various seashells to make beads, slabs and mosaic inlay work. James retired from the Sandia National Laboratory after 33 years and now spends his time farming, ranching and making jewelry. James and Doris are continuing to teach their children their art.
This exciting artist was born in 1954 close to Mexican Water, Arizona and was raised near Red Mesa, south of the Four Corners. His traditional Navajo family upbringing gave him a strong sense of values. He attended high school in Shiprock and did well in school. He spent a few semesters at BYU and University of New Mexico before deciding that college was not for him. Instead, he felt the lure of travel and his first love, music.
He played lead guitar and sang vocals for nearly two decades, many times as the opening act for well known country performs everywhere from “Canada to Mexico.” He began to work as an apprentice to renowned jeweler, Jimmie Harrison, when he wasn’t on tour. It wasn’t long before he began to make jewelry on his own, borrowing the inlay style from Harrison, but creating his own unique Native American designs. This new passion for making jewelry coincided with his desire to quit traveling and stay home with his wife Theresa and their children. While his jewelry is sold across the country in fine galleries and museum shops and demand for his work is high, Poyer has resisted the temptation to set up a shop with other people producing his work or to cast the silver and gold for his designs. Every piece is built by hand from sheet silver, wire and natural stones. He enjoys working with turquoise, but is fascinated with the patterns and colors from shells, malachite, jet, coral, sugilite, lapis and other semi-precious stones. Jimmy Poyer is proud of every piece he creates. His greatest pleasure comes from having others enjoy his work. He presently lives in Farmington, New Mexico.