Double D Ranch is pleased to offer this buffalo pin by award winning Hopi artist, Watson Honanie. Inspired by petroglyphs and clan symbols, this sterling silver buffalo showcases Honanie’s unique overlay technique with the front half of the buffalo set above the rear of the animal creating a dimensional effect.
This is a very unique piece from a very respected Hopi artist.
Watson Honanie (1953-; Hopi) Active since 1970s. Overlay jewelry; engravings; silver with gold; miniature Kachinas from lost wax casting. Brother of Phillip Honanie. Multiple award winner. Mark: 1 of 2 WH conjoined, 2 of 2 a bear paw with a Hopi friendship symbol inside.
(Watson gave the following information about his life and art to Native Peoples Magazine reporter, Diana F. Pardue. )
"Watson Honanie learned to make jewelry in the summer months during high school. He would go to the Guild Shop at Second Mesa, on the Hopi Reservation, where his brother Phillip made jewelry. Watson helped his brother by doing tasks such as polishing the jewelry. He learned many of the basic techniques of silversmithing through observation during that time. Honanie's uncle, renowned artist Fred Kabotie, was managing the Guild Shop and would give Honanie scraps of silver that Honanie used to practice silversmithing techniques.
Many of his designs are driven from clan symbols that appear as petroglyphs on canyon walls. Some - such as rain clouds, turtles and geometric water designs - are a direct reference to rain. His wife, Sarah, and children Kara, Tiah, and Shawn are a constant inspiration."