James is a noted silversmith and jeweler. He is a graduate of the prestigious Sant Fe institute of American Indian Art in New Mexico. James was born the son of a Tohono O’odham mother and a German father. After completing his studies he returned to the reservation to live. Frances Manuel, James’s grandmother, was his artistic mentor and foremost inspiration. She was a master basket-weaver who is the subject of a biographical book titled “Desert Indian Woman.”
James’s work tells the stories of his tribe and of the Sonoran desert. James handcrafts each piece, creating something special for his collectors. His works include jewelry and special decorative items such as bridals and spurs, memorial staffs, silver boxes, crowns, and sculpture. His designs often include precious stones and exotic materials.
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