Michael Kanteena

Michael Kanteena

Michael, who is from Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico, is the son of Wallace and Rosemary Kanteena.  He earned a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from Eastern New Mexico University at Portales, New Mexico in 1981.

His present style of work began to develop six years ago.  Wishing to learn about his ancient roots, which he knew went back to New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon (the “Anasazi” culture), he began collecting archaeological catalogues of pottery forms.  Through extensive study, trial and error, and even consultation with archaeologists, he developed his pottery into remarkably close recreations of the Chacoan and Mesa Verde pieces. Since then, Michael has allowed his studies to expand into the Mimbres and ancient Mexican Indian  clay forms, where human and animal effigies are common. More recently he has explored the ancient Hopi figures and designs.

Michael has received awards in recognition of his work including first place at Gallup Ceremonials for the last three years.  His work was listed in the August 1997 issue of Southwest Art Magazine as one of 400 top Native American artists and was the subject of a feature article in the Gallup Independent Newspaper.  His work is now appearing in several galleries and museums throughout the Southwest.


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.