Beginning as a meager booth at local shows and markets around the southwest, the business grew enough to open shop in downtown Santa Fe. Our original location in 1985 was directly across from the front of the La Fonda at the back of what was then a parking lot. The lot was often filled with production trailers and equipment for the many movies which have been filmed in Santa Fe. Later a shop was opened at the end of the blue Sena Plaza portal on Palace street. When the old Dunlaps department store was closed and the Plaza Galleria opened in 1990, Shalako was one of the first businesses to take root there. We have been in this location as a destination for many Santa Fe visitors for nearly three decades.
Shalako spans three generations of Indian Arts trading and appreciation. Searching trading posts, reservation pawn shops, backyard sales and oddities shops across the nation to find the hidden treasures of our American Indians. The older, stanger and more unique- the better. After all these years of dealing with Indian jewelry; we still get a thrill when we come across a special piece. Our trove of fabulous treasures is forever changing as our search never ends.
Shalako is a small family owned business built with dedication and a love of what we do. It is our pleasure to offer original one of a kind old and new Indian jewelry.
Tarnished, green, cracked, or bent, there is a mysterious story within every old piece of jewelry. We have a collection of Fred Harvey era jewelry that even the museums can't compete with.
Our collection new of Native pieces are aquired directly from the artists so there is no ambiguity about their authenticity. We work directly with many Navajo, Zuni and a few Hopi jewlers. We have a fabulous sellection of styles and richly colored stones and shells. Turquoise, coral, lapis, amber, malachite, mother of pearl, amber, onyx, jet, spiney oyster and rodachrosite. Many of these shells and stones are not from North America but the Native Americans have bartered for them from traders throughout our history.