Art is culture. Jewelry is our art.
If the art of a people in a culture is not controlled by the people then the culture will be lost.
“If I cannot speak, then my story cannot be heard” –Sam Manygoats
The Image of Native art and jewelry is no longer being produced authentically. The demand for Native art has become the target of commercial gain. A profit can be made by controlling and stereotyping the Native American image and then selling in the open market. It is cheaper to outsource the manufacturing of art to other countries such as China, Mexico, Pakistan and the Philippines.
Foreign manufacturing has increased, and along with it, the authenticity of the art has been taken away. Misrepresented imports are sold in shops in American cities. With Increased competition, cheaper and cheaper materials are being used to increase profit margins. Quality, therefore, is not as important as it once was. Leading authentic Native artists in the in the industry still produce quality work, however, they can be hard to find in the diluted commercial controlled environment. Many artists are no longer able to continue producing art and new artists have an extremely difficult barrier to entry.
If a culture cannot produce it will vanish.
This problem can be solved. True artists want to make quality products and no one wants to buy cheaply made misrepresented work. Turquoise Skies mission is to help maintain the quality and authenticity of Native American jewelry and art. This website hopes to accomplish that by making the industry as transparent as possible. Artists need help marketing their work, and voices.
We want you to see the face of the artist. We will be going into the homes and workshops of the artists and allow them to share their stories and culture. Videos, articles, and photography will be shared right here on the site for you to see, listen and become immersed in this beautiful community. We will find only authentic handmade Native American jewelry of the highest quality.
You can help to buy purchasing jewelry from legitimate sources. Keep it real! Please help by spreading the word, liking us on social media and interacting with our community.