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Friends Lecture: The Importance of Chaco Canyon and How It Inspires a Native Artist (2:30 PM)

11/11/2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The Importance of Chaco Canyon and How it Inspires a Native Artist
Presented by Franklin Allen Carrillo (Laguna/Choctaw), Jeweler

DOORS OPEN 2:00 PM   |   LECTURE STARTS 2:30 PM   |   Free for Friends Members  •  Non-members/Public $10

Franklin Allen Carrillo has been creating art for many years (stone carvings, silver and gold jewelry with or without stone inlay), however, the main focus of his work is on the metal aspect. Using traditional and contemporary fabrication techniques the pieces reflect both the past and the present influences of the Southwest, but also of many places outside of this region.

Carrillo produces a wide variety of work including rings, earrings, bolo ties, buckles, neck-wear,  bracelets, and link bracelets. His concentration goes into the making of link bracelets because it allows freedom of form, style, and structure to create closed/open spaces for colored stone inlay to enhance the overall presentation of the pieces.

Carrillo has named some bracelets after historic Pueblo locations: Mesa Verde, Canyon de Chelly, Chaco Canyon. These designs are loosely based on the architecture of iconic “Great Houses” of the area, and celestial elements of the solar/lunar cycles recorded into the buildings in Chaco Canyon.

His work has honors the past achievements of Pueblo and Native cultures, but also honors the present day.

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Wheelwright Library
704 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, 87505
(505) 982-4636


Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
(505) 982-4636