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Allen L. Hazard Sr. and Craig Spears Sr.

For the months of January and February IAIS is proud to present the wampum jewelry of Allen L. Hazard Sr. and Craig Spears Sr. both members  of the Narragansett Nation.  

Allen, who learned the craft from his mother and sister,  is one of the remaining few traditional Wampum bead makers within the Eastern Woodland Nations. 

His beautiful wampum jewelry is created from raw quahog shells cut, shaped and drilled into unique handcrafted pieces.

Craig, a master stone mason by trade, started working with wampum 20 years ago.

His unique ability to bring feathers, eagles and bears alive from quahog shells had placed Craig as a one of a kind wampum artist.