Vidal and Ed Wayne Aragon – Santo Domingo Pueblo
Born in 1923, Vidal is a life long resident of Kewa Pueblo (Santo Domingo). Vidal learned the overlay technique of silver smithing at Santa Fe Indian School. After school, he briefly lived in Scottsdale Arizona where he worked as a shop silversmith. While in Arizona, he worked with Hopi silversmiths where he honed his style and influenced Hopi design.
Soon he moved back to His Kewa home to live in the traditional pueblo way. There he invented his famous story teller jewelry. By the 1960s he was recognized as a modern pioneer Native American jeweler along side such notables as Julian Lavato, Mark Chee and Kenneth Begay among others.
A master silver smith, Vidal creates stories in silver representing every day Pueblo life. Elements of nature such as shooting stars, fourteen karat gold moon and sun, thunder bolts, clouds and corn predominate in his work. Animals such as bears, elk, deer and howling wolves sit in the forest next to the pueblo. Humorous rabbits and insects romp and fly in the meadows. This is how Vidal translates the richness of Pueblo life into wearable stories that today are highly collectible and increasingly rare.
Today, Vidal, in his nineties, teaches his nephew Ed Wayne Aragon his designs and symbols so that his rich tradition of story teller jewelry may live on.
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