About Crazy Horse......

     Born Cipriano Quintana to renowned jewelers Terecita and Joe H. Quintana, Cippy CrazyHorse has carried on the classic traditional Pueblo design his parents started.  To these classic designs, CrazyHorse brings his personal style.  The bold, deep stamp and chisel designs on thick gauge silver are his trademark.  Much of the thick gauge silver comes from melting scrap silver into ingots – a process the “old timers” incorporated.  CrazyHorse says of his work, “There are traditional classic styles in silver jewelry, the Navajo and the Pueblo , and I do the latter; from cuff bracelets to concho belts, ranger set buckles and bead necklaces.”  

Following high school, CrazyHorse attended Eastern New Mexico University in Portales for two and a half years and then served in the US Navy until 1972. Upon returning home to Cochiti, CrazyHorse worked as an electrician’s assistant on the construction of Cochiti Dam, but an injury in 1974 curtailed that line of work.  According to CrazyHorse, the injury “forced his hand at silversmithing.”  He started with the smaller tasks of making silver chains and gradually taught himself the old style of silversmithing.  With much support and encouragement from his father and his wife, Susan, his silversmithing began earnestly.  CrazyHorse has received much recognition for his work, having garnered his share of ribbons at the Southwestern Association of Indian Arts Indian Market in Santa Fe over the course of the past 35 years.  He is considered a “Master Silversmith” and his work is numerous collections and books on Native American jewelry.

In the August, 2008 issue of The Santa Fean, Cippy was featured as one of “Seven Standouts” of Indian Market. He has been featured in many other newspaper and magazine articles over the years, and in several museum and private exhibitions throughout the country.  His work is highly sought after in Japan , where his classic designs are admired as well as his dedication to a traditional lifestyle at Cochiti Pueblo.  Cippy and his work are featured in the “Artists – Handmade” section of the April 2011 issue of the Japanese (American Western Culture) magazine, “Free and Easy”.  

Cippy has also been a Jewelry Judge at SWAIA Indian Market a number of times, where his unique sense of humor certainly enlivens the proceedings.

  In 1990, along with Yazzie Johnson, he curated the jewelry exhibit Steady Hands, White Metal at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe .  CrazyHorse says of his work, “When I am making something, I hope I can inspire someone somewhere to admire the simplicity of the beauty in one of my pieces.  I have won awards and ribbons, but when I see or hear the appreciation and happiness my work brings to those who have pieces, it makes me want to do more.”    

Cippy CrazyHorse - Resume


  SWAIA Indian Markets, Santa Fe , NM ; August 1977 annually thru 2010

Heard Indian Fair, March, 2002 - 2011

  “Be Dazzled!”, The Heard Museum, Phoenix , AZ , 2002

  “Jewels of the Southwest”, Arizona Historical Society, 2002

  “The Cutting Edge”, Contemporary Jewelers Exhibit, April 1997 – March 1998;

                 The Heard Museum, Phoenix , AZ

  Gallery 10 Show, Scottsdale , AZ ; February, 1997.

  “Steady Hands, White Metal”, May 1990 – June, 1991, Consulting Curator, Museum

               of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe , NM

  “Beyond Tradition”, Nov. 1990 – Jan. 1991, National Cowboy Hall of Fame,

              Oklahoma City , OK

  Crow Canyon Benefit Shows, Chicago and Denver 1988 – 1990



"Meet the Artist" luncheons, SWAIA, Santa Fe, NM 2010

  Jewelry Talk/Demonstrations– Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Palace of the Governors, Museum Shop,                   Santa Fe, NM

July 2005, August, 2000; November, 1996

Studio Tour – Friends of Museum of Indian Arts & Culture – At Cochiti Pueblo,

April, 1992

Perfect Trip – New Mexico – Video, 1992   Producer – K. Charmatz, The Travel

Channel, New York City

Steady Hands/White Metal – Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe , NM

May, 1990 – June, 1991 - Supporting video of the same name has aired several times

through Discovery Channel.



Museum of NM Gift Shops, Santa Fe , NM

IAIA Museum Shop, Santa Fe , NM

Shiprock Trading, Santa Fe , NM

Indian Summer, Saugatuck , MI

Many Horses Trading, Tucson , AZ

Heard Museum Gift Shop, Phoenix AZ

Garlands Indian Jewelry, Sedona , AZ

Four Winds, Sydney , AU

God Trading, Tokyo , Japan

Sandra Small Gallery, Cincinnati , OH

Other select galleries throughout the USA



Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe , NM

Wheelwright Museum , Santa Fe , NM

Albuquerque Museum , Albuquerque International Airport

      Collection, Albuquerque , NM

Museum of Man , San Diego , CA

Heard Museum, Phoenix , AZ

Four Winds, Sydney , AU

Large private collections in CA, PA, NY, TX



Free and Easy,  Japanese magazine of American Culture “CrazyHorse ” April, 2011

The Santa Fean, “Seven Standouts”, Indian Market Issue, August 2008

Albuquerque Journal , “Setting the Silver Aside”, August 2006

The  Santa Fean, “Long Journey to Indian Market”, August 1996

“Southwestern Indian Jewelry”, Dexter Cirillo, 1992 (Abbeyville Press)

“Native America ,” Christine Mather/Jack Parsons, 1990 (Clarkson Potter Publishers)

The Santa Fean, “Adornment – A Tradition of Jewelry Making”, Sept. 1990

American Indian Art magazine, “Back to the Past”, Spring, 1988

New Mexico Magazine, “Indian Jewelry – Two Points of View”, August 1986



Eastern New Mexico University (1966-69), Portales , NM

             Majored in Anthropology


Born November 4, 1946

Married, three children

Tribal Council Member, Cochiti Pueblo

Lt. Governor, Cochiti Pueblo, 1999

Governor, Cochiti Pueblo, 2006



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