Kachinas are supernatural spirit beings that play a key role in gifting abundance in the religious beliefs of the Pueblo peoples. This charming Kachina ring is a sterling silver statement piece, with four large stones of blue-green turquoise set in tiny serrated bezels, and two tiny snake eye turquoise stones as the eyes. This is a one-of-a-kind piece and a complement to collectors of the Long family’s work.
Helen Long (Navajo). Stamp work; stone sets; applique; yei figures. Mother of Phillip and Tom Long. In1999 she was named Arizona Indian Living Treasure.
Marks: H; h L; H Long (etched script)
Helen Long is a 20th-century Navajo jeweler, wife of Jimmie Long. She is best known for her kachina, yei, and eagle dancer figures. Often her silver figures were highlighted with bezel-set turquoise or coral. Mrs. Long fashioned rings, pendants, bola ties--all figurative in motif. Examples of her work are included in the Peabody Museum, Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. She is referenced in Barton Wright's book Hallmarks of the Southwest as well as in Gregory Schaaf's volume American Indian Jewelry I 1,200 Artist Biographies.