Michael was born in the village of Shungopavi on the Hopi reservation in Arizoina, in 1942, and was the son of the famous Hopi artist Fred Kabotie. In 1960 he was invited to spend the summer at the Southwest Indian Art Project at the University of Arizona. Participants included Fritz Scholder, Helen Hardin, Charles Loloma, and Joe Hererra (who became a lifelong friend and his primary artistic mentor). Kabotie was active as an artist for nearly 50 years. Kabotie was also a well respected painter and sculptor. Michael Kabotie lectured across America, in New Zealand, Germany and Switzerland. His works are held in several prestigious institutions, including the Heard Museum, the Museum of Mankind in London, and the Gallery Calumet-Neuzzinger in Germany. In early 2009 Kabotie was a winner of a juried competition at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. Until the time of his death in 2009, Kabotie lived in Second Mesa, a community on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona, where he was raised. This intricate sterling overlay buckle, depicting a Hopi peyote ceremony is an amazing representation of his talents. The ornate nature of the design depicts the intensity of the ceremony in which visions are imparted to the participants. The buckle measures 3.25” by 2.25”, is slightly domed and weighs 39 grams. Made for a 1.5” belt. This is an earlier work from the mid 20th century, with light use scratches, smooth edges and heavy patina on the back. Hallmarked and stamped sterling. Excellent vintage condition. This museum-worthy buckle would make a welcome addition to any Native American collection. See Kabotie’s Wikipedia entry here.