Museum of New Mexico Press


Fine Indian Jewelry of the Southwest

The Millicent Rogers Museum Collection

Shelby J. Tisdale, Author

This lavishly illustrated book presents the museum's jewelry collection through its founding collector, Millicent Rogers. The collection brings to life the Taos she discovered in the late 1940s and showcases the authentic, classic-era jewelry that she collected when Fred Harvey and others were popularizing Indian-made tourist pieces.


"This handsome volume includes many of the items in the museum's collection....The book's chapters are organized as a chronology of Southwestern jewelry, based on silversmiths' acquisition of new tools and technologies. Welcome information concerning Millicent Rogers is primarily in the first and last chapters but is also found throughout the book. This is neither a detailed piece-by-piece catalog of Roger's collection nor a complete biography, but rather an overview of her collection as it fits into a larger pattern of Southwestern Native silver and turquoise jewelry." Editorial Review


"Painstakingly compiled and with an expert, knowledgeable commentary by Shelby J. Tisdale, Fine Indian Jewelry Of The Southwest: The Millicent Rogers Museum Collection offers an impressively informative history and survey of the southwestern Native American jewelry that is represented in the collection of the Millicent Rogers Museum as the result of art patron and passionate collector Millicent Rogers who assembled a spectacular collection of Navajo and Zuni silver and turquoise, Hopi silverwork, and Pueblo stone and shell jewelry during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Of special interest is the chapter devoted to 'The Origins of Indian Jewelry in the Southwest'. Profusely illustrated and a very strongly recommended addition to personal, academic, and community library Native American Studies reference collections, Fine Indian Jewelry of The Southwest is enhanced for scholars and non-specialist general readers alike with the inclusion of a glossary, references, and an index."
-Midwest Book Review

Trim: 10" x 9"

Pages: 216

Illustrations: 90 color and 8 black-and-white illustrations

Folklore/Folk Arts

American Indians (I)



Paperback $34.95