About Colin

About Colin

Colin Coonsis Artist Santa Fe

A third generation Native American jeweler, I began creating original works alongside my mother as a child in Zuni, New Mexico. By the age of 18, my work had received multiple awards and recognition from The Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art. After 4 years in the US Navy during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, I returned home with a renewed appreciation for my heritage and a determination to carry on the legacy of my mother and jeweler grandfather, Jacob Haloo. I currently create artistic interpretational jewelry by reconstructing traditional stones and therefore magnifying their inherent beauty.


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  1. Colin, we met years ago at Cahokia Mounds near St. Louis. You were at a low point, despairing that you could ever make a living expressing your spirituality through your art. I encouraged you to keep expressing your inner beauty through your art, doing what you needed to do economically until you broke the artistic ceiling. I met a mutual customer yesterday, who told me you broke that ceiling. I have tears of joy that you did! And more so that i might be working in Santa Fe, so that i might give you the hug of celebration that you so richly deserve for your long, hard road!

  2. Hi Colin, I thoroughly enjoyed the article in the recent issue of First American Art Magazine. I indexed it for your online artist file at the Heard Museum. I never tire of looking at that magnificent necklace in the Eiteljorg collection that Helen donated. You are a stellar jeweler! Mario

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