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When the Spanish colonists first arrived, they named the two groups of Native Americans that were dwelling in present day Arizona in the United States and Sonora Mexico. They were labeled the “Lower Pima” and the “Upper Pima”. The Upper Pima Indians lived on the northern edge of Spanish colonization with the Apache above them, and included the Papago, Gileno, Sobaipuri, and Soba. The Sobaipuri and Soba are no longer in existence today. However, the Gileno, which were named for the Gila River in the state of Arizona, are now known as the Pima, which is a shortened Hispanic word for pi am ha’icu ,meaning “Not Something, Nothing”. They reside only in the United States. In Arizona the Papago, or “Tepary Bean People” as the Spanish called them in 1748, changed their name to the Tohono O’odham, or “Desert People”. The Papago in Sonora Mexico still call themselves Papago.

Between the cradle and the grave, baskets have been produced to serve in all aspects of traditional life. Pima and Papago , or Tohono O’odham, baskets were used for carrying, defense, adornment, furniture, culture and fine art, preparation and serving of food, religious ceremonies, war, carrying water, and social life among other things.

Even in museums the terms “Pima basketry” and “Papago basketry” are used interchangeably; however, there are some notable differences. The art of basketry is comprised of cultural choices and determined by historical processes that are unknown to us. Due to certain environmental conditions, the Papago and Pima did not have access to the same materials needed for their weaving. The Papago were surrounded by harsh, dry vegetation with an abundance of martynia. On the other hand, the Pima were surrounded by willow and cottonwood; therefore, most often a Papago Indian basket would be woven with dark martynia and a willow design. The Pima Indian basket would be woven in willow with a dark martynia pattern.

Both the Southwest Papago Indians and Pima Indians used similar techniques to create their Native American Indian baskets which include lattice and plain wrapped weaving, coarse, fine, and crude foundation coiling, lace coiling, and plaiting. However, shape and design of these two groups of Southwestern Indian basketry differ. The Papago bowl baskets have a globular shape, and their width exceeds their height. Pima bowls are more bell-shaped, and their coiled baskets have thinner, smoother walls.

 

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  We have been serving the Native American/Southwestern jewelry industry for many years, and we are the online leaders in Native American jewelry.  First time visitors on our website are probably wondering, just who we are, and what has made us so popular.  We are a wholesale dealer, who stands behind our products.  All of our products are genuine, including the Southwestern artifacts that we sell, as well as, our jewelry.  We believe in accurately representing our products. If you have any questions or concerns, whatsoever, please let us know.  We will be happy to clarify them for you.  Alltribes has received terrific reviews from all corners of the world.  We are known, as a trend-setter in the world of both Native American jewelry and fashion jewelry.  We remain committed to getting this information out to every Native American enthusiast out there. These are the principles that we represent.  Alltribes prides itself on its extensive collection of Native American jewelry, Kachina dolls, pottery and artifacts. We have never lost sight of the cultural impact that has been left by the American Southwest. It is especially, seen by the artworks that the Native Americans have left for all of us to view.  The Navajo, Hopi and Zuni tribes tell only a part of the legendary tales that defines the desert.  Alltribes is, also, at the front of the social media revolution. Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest are just some of the places that you can find high quality pictures, as well as, special discounts and savings on Alltribes’ jewelry.  We have come a long way from the days of yesteryear, when we first started out on our venture.  We can boast that Alltribes has been in the making for about, fifty-plus years. It began when our original owner sold his first two rings for $20.00, and, then, decided to make his mark on the industry by starting our business, Alltribes!  At one time, we had stores in New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona, but then, the internet came on the scene, and we made the change.  We therefore, converted over to our online stores, and the rest is history.

When you shop at Alltribes, you will find a vast array of jewelry.  We boast the largest collection of turquoise jewelry, which is genuine.  We deal with Sleeping Beauty and Kingman Turquoise, which is native to our area.  We purchase our stones directly from the miners, so that there is no middle man to deal with.  Then too, we also, can offer handmade jewelry pieces that can be made right here in our shop, in Gilbert, Arizona, by Native American Artists/silversmith that can design, customize and create.  We boast the largest selection of turquoise jewelry, silver jewelry and also, other gemstones with many of our designs.  We also, have an exquisite collection of jewelry pieces that includes, inlay rings, dangle earrings, pendants, belt buckles, watches and bolo ties.  Most of these pieces are formed with silver by our silversmith.  Alltribes’ focus is to create fashionable items for all walks of life.  We can create for the conservative or for the bold enthusiast.  We can guarantee that you will find something in the Alltribes’ collections that will help you make that special connection. Southwest and Native American jewelry has experienced a surge in popularity, over the last decade. For further information, please contact us, we will be happy to offer you our expertise and assist you!

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