Cecil Calnimptewa

Cecil Calnimptewa
Count on your fingers the five best Hopi Kachina carvers, and Cecil Calnimptewa would be among the top three. He is acclaimed because of his sculptured Kachinas, bringing motion, detail and accuracy to the figures he carves. He uses a Da Vinci-like muscle tone to bring out tension. The articulation of his figures combine with the swaying folds and tassles of the capes and kilts, defining action and grace. Indeed, a true artist.
Cecil, Jr. was born in 1950 in Moenkopi, Arizona (Moenkopi is a Hopi "outlying village" just outside of Tuba City, AZ).  As a teenager, Cecil was first taught by his father, Cecil, Sr.  Cecil, Jr. says that his first real introduction to art was while going to high school on the Reservation. He then attended Haskell Junior College in Kansas for three semesters. He intended to learn a trade, but spent most of his time studying art, using both oil and water colors. He was then young and married, and went into construction as a dry-waller. This lasted for 14 years, when he then started carving full-time, which allowed him to stay home with his family. His wife, Muriel, tragically died in 1991, as the result of pneumonia.
When carving a Kachina doll, Cecil says, “I listen to the spirit of the doll as I carve it, and that gives me new ideas. They don't become alive until I carve the eyes, and when I open them, I feel they become a real spirit.   My father came from Old Oraibi, and I dance there every season.  From this experience, I make my dolls as accurate as I can. When I dance there I am the Yellow Fox. He is how I was initiated in my first dance.”
After the carving is complete, Cecil tells each Kachina doll, “You are going to be a Hopi, and you are going out to a nice home. You'll be living with a bunch of new friends. Take care of those people, wherever you go.”

Although the best way to test the size and fit of a piece of jewelry is to try it on in the store, we know that is not always an option. In an effort to help you choose the piece that is right for you, we have included measurements of each piece on the website. Here is how our measurements are defined:


Finding the right size bracelet for your wrist has always been a tricky endeavor, since, unlike rings, there isn't a standardized, universal sizing chart for wrist size. One reason for this is that we all have different shaped wrists, some of us have round wrists, while others have more oval. Bracelets, like wrists, also have different shapes.

So, while bracelet sizing will never be an exact science, we've done what we can to ensure the greatest chance of a comfortable fit. The best thing you can do if you don't know your wrist size is to take a soft measuring tape and loosely measure the circumference of your wrist at the point you plan on wearing it. Try not to have the measuring tape dig into your skin, as this will result in a smaller than ideal size. Once you have the circumference of your wrist, compare it to the chart below to find the correct bracelet size. If your wrist measures in-between two sizes, we recommend rounding up to the larger size. (ie: if your wrist measures 6.375"- you should shop for size "Medium" bracelets.)

 Wrist Circumference

Corresponding Bracelet Size











6.75" - 7"











You may want to drill down further on the bracelet sizing to make sure the cuff is a comfortable fit. You will notice on our website that we generally list four measurements for bracelets:

Keep in mind that certain bracelets can be adjusted slightly to fit your wrist, but those with inlay or stones all the way around will be damaged if bent. In any case, it is always best to check with with us to see if a particular bracelet is adjustable.

Lastly, have no fear! If you order a bracelet that doesn't fit, send it back for one that does! We want this to be a positive experience, you should never wear something that isn't 100% comfortable. More on our return policy here.


Sizing belt buckles is pretty straightforward. The height and width are self-explanatory, and the belt width describes the maximum belt width the buckle will fit on.

Concha Belts

We try to include the height and width for the conchas, as well as the buckle (if different), and the width of the belt they are on. The length of the concha belts can be less important, because these belts are often made quite long to accommodate many waist sizes, and then can be shortened to fit the wearer. If you are concerned whether or not a belt will fit you, just ask. We are happy to size most of our concha belts before shipping.