A reader of this blog as commented that the winning jewelry entry in the 2008 SWAIA Indian Market competition was not a pin, as previously reported, but was a sterling silver tufa cast seed jar. That information has been corrected.
It may be of interest that the confusion arose from:
a) an unnecessarily crowded announcement area - as previously mentioned,
b) a failure of SWAIA to announce the winning item by description beyond the Category name,
c) the natural tendency of this reporter to assume that a jewelry winner would, in fact, be an item of jewelry.
Unless someone wears a seed jar, I don't know how it could be considered jewelry.
It is just another example of category changes that need to be made at SWAIA.
This, of course, is the personal opinion of Wiliam Ernest Waites, whose interest in Native America art goes back 20 years. He also is co-owner of Native American art web sites at ZuniLink, Native-JewelryLink, Native-PotteryLink and TribalWorks