"High Plains Jewelry" is the web presence of High Plains Drifter, Indian Trader, winner of the "Best Display" award in the New Mexico State Fair (1991 and 1992), and "Best of Show" in the Chisholm Trail Roundup/Comanche Pow-Wow at the Fort Worth Stockyards (1994). High Plains Jewelry also displayed many years at Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo; the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta (now "Kodak Balloon Fiesta) and many, many other rodeos and events nationwide.
The Drifter's clients span several continents, and range from Hollywood types to working men and women everywhere who share an appreciation of this most-American of art forms. Since 1976, he has traded with Native Americans in New Mexico and Arizona. He's also worked as a journalist, and an attorney. But the allure of the American West and its native people have always captivated the Drifter—drawing him back there, time-after-time.
Now he lives the good life, wearing boots and jeans instead of coat and tie, roaming back roads of Navajoland and Zuni with a furry friend—continuing a trading tradition dating back to the exploration of the West. The Drifter is old-school, preferring classic, traditional Native-American jewelry—made sturdy and with a substantial "feel." He's not enamored by trends or trendy jewelry. If Native Americans don't wear it, we don't deal in it.
Each item is personally "hand-picked" by the Drifter—which enables us to offer unique and prized one-of-a-kind pieces. No telephone, catalogue or internet-acquired things will do.
But these prized, authentic southwestern Native American pieces are quickly disappearing—going to collections both here and abroad, and thankfully, now being kept by Native Americans themselves as well. Unfortunately, these unique items aren't being replaced nearly as fast as they are disappearing. And sadly, attempts at duplicating this truly American art form offshore are increasing as well—despite efforts of the F.B.I. and several states' attorney generals. Add to that the effects of Covid on the Navajo Reservation, and the result is less and less availability of quality, traditional Native American jewelry, and the emergence of lesser quality, mass-produced and trendy offerings.
"High Plains Jewelry" is the David of the many Goliath's one finds on the world-wide web. The selection here is small but grand—and ever-changing.
The discerning collector will be pleased.
Currently we are doing "same day shipping" if ordered before noon weekdays.