The price of turquoise has skyrocketed in recent years and that has some Native American jewelers raising prices and changing the way they do their craft in order to make a living. On today’s show, we discuss the ways artists are adapting to the shortage of turquoise and other rare materials. We also explore what can be done to make sure raw and precious materials are available to Native artists.
Jacob Morgan (Navajo) – 6th generation Navajo silversmith
Gene Waddell – owner of Waddell Trading Company in Scottsdale and co-owner Lone Mountain Turquoise Mine
Andrew James – co-manager of Maruskiya’s of Nome
Break Music: Crossroads Blues (song) Lakota John (artist) Lakota John and Kin (album)