People native to both South and North America are often known as “corn people” because their civilizations depended on the success of corn crops. So, it comes as no surprise that much corn and its harvest plays a big role in Native American Indian tradition and folklore. One figure’s importance to the success of the harvest is indicated by her representation in Native American Indian pottery and stone fetish art forms—the Corn Maiden. Read More
Authentic Native American Indian jewelry is as much a fashion statement as a piece of art. The right piece can accent your facial features and attire or show how current you are to trends in the fashion world. Native American Indian jewelry also connects you to a rich artistic tradition among Pueblo and Native cultures…if it’s authentic. Read More
September is full of opportunities to be a part of the rich cultural traditions of the Pueblos. This month, a number of Pueblos celebrate annual feast days in honor of their patron saints and other days with special religious significance. Read More
It’s easy to take things we see and experience every day for granted. Take the sun, for instance. Living in New Mexico where we get an average 310 days of sunshine every year, we never question that the “sun will come out tomorrow,” even during monsoon season. Similarly, we assume that because it’s August and because vendors have already been firing up their roasters for weeks now, that our request for “Christmas” at our favorite Albuquerque restaurant will be fulfilled by a dish smothered in freshly-roasted Hatch green and red chiles. We don’t stop to think about the significance and complex chain of events that tie our everyday human lives to the natural world. Read More
Native American Indian pottery is unique to North America, and pottery from the Pueblo traditions is unique to the Southwest. Its rarity already lends Native American Indian pottery inherent value. Recognizing that each Pueblo’s technique and style have been developed over centuries, mastered by individual artists over years and is reflected in each one-of-a-kind piece, though, inspires a deeper awe. But some of the magic is lost when a piece is a fake. Read More
There is something magical about Pueblo art. Perhaps it’s the uniqueness of it—it’s unlike pottery created by Native American Indian artists anywhere else on the continent. Maybe it’s the diversity of styles and designs even by artists in a relatively close geographical area. Possibly it’s that intangible connection with another culture and with Nature that each piece inspires. Read More
Next week thousands of people will visit Santa Fe as it once again becomes the hub of the Native American Indian art world. SWAIA’s 92nd Annual Santa Fe Indian Market is slated to begin Monday, August 12th with events scheduled throughout the week, culminating in the two-day Weekend art show in the Plaza. Read More
Hello, my name is Peter Berger and I am a fourth generation trader from Albuquerque New Mexico. I am the General Manager at Palms Trading Company. Palms has been in my family since 1933 when it began as a grocery store and beer garden. It has since evolved into one of the leading Native American arts trading posts in the country.
I am a graduate of St. Pius X high school in Albuquerque and St. Mary’s College of California where I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Business Administration. I began working full time at Palms Trading in the summer of 2009 and plan to continue the tradition my family has come to know and love.
The goal of this blog is to educate and inform all demographics with the desire to know more about Native American Pottery and Jewelry. The purpose of each post is meant to teach and enlighten readers on the many interesting aspects of the Native American Arts in which Palms Trading Company has a deep and comprehensive understanding. Topics will include but are not limited to: Native American Artists (new and old), Pottery styles and design, Jewelry styles and design, collecting, decorating, the collectible value of pottery, life in the trading industry as well as what it means to be involved in a long standing family business.
Furthermore, I would like the reader to become engaged enough to feel that they have a TRUSTED source in the Native American Arts Industry. I would like them to feel confident and comfortable in their knowledge of the subject matter so that they too can “Experience the Magic of Southwest Art.”