Zuni (14x14 Original Pastel on Suede Portrait, Framed) by Jessica Crabtree

"Zuni" 14x14 Original. Please inquire for price.
“Zuni” 14×14 Original. Please inquire for price.
14×14 original pastel on suede painting based on a 1903 photograph by Edward Curtis. It is custom-framed under non-reflective glass. Please inquire for price.

About the Painting

The Zuni people call themselves the Ashiwi and are one of more than twenty independent communities making up the Pueblos of the Southwest. The name “pueblo” or “village” was given to them by Spanish explorers describing the adobe communities that filled the region.

It was fabulous reports of the exquisite jewelry made by craftsmen of the seven Zuni villages in northwest New Mexico that first inspired Coronado’s search for the legendary “Seven Cities of Cibola.” One traditional form of jewelry made by Pueblo peoples is “heishi,” meaning “shell jewelry.” Necklaces such as the one shown in this portrait were made from shell and semi-precious stones, often imported from the California coast or even South America, and ground into perfectly- shaped beads by Pueblo artisans. A single necklace can contain thousands of these beads. Heishi making is one of the oldest art forms in North America and is still practiced by expert Pueblo craftsmen today.


Zuni Pastel Portrait by Jessica Crabtree


Published by Jessica Farnsworth

I am a freelance artist specializing in pastels and charcoal/graphite. I am fascinated by history and world cultures and particularly indigenous peoples. My interests include wildlife ecology, environmental issues & sustainability, journalism, web design, photography & music. in historical portraits of American Indians. I blog about the portrayal and influence of Native Americans in art, history, and the media.