Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Grey Moustache - Photo Not Available

Mr. John Adair, a social anthropologist, wrote that when he asked silversmith Grey Moustache of Sunrise Springs, Arizona for permission to take his photograph, he replied:

"No, I won't let you do that. I don't have any of my turquoise and silver on. People who see it will say, 'Why that Navajo doesn't have anything at all.' I would feel like a chicken with all its feathers plucked out."

Source: The Navajo and Pueblo Silversmiths, Volume 25 in The Civilization of the American Indian Series." © 1944