Tewa Tees is a Santa Fe, NM-based and Native American-owned business. Betty Tsosie, from New Mexico's Santa Clara Pueblo, is the founder, supervising designer and inspiration behind Tewa Tees. Although most of Betty's designs are of Southwestern origin, her interest in all things Indian has resulted in a collection of wearable art that represents the diverse aspects of North American Indian culture.
Two styles to choose from (click images at left to view larger):
"Fetish Bears" features colorfully adorned bear fetishes. Traditionally, animal fetishes are small carvings made from various materials by the people of the Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico. These carvings serve a ceremonial purpose for their creators and depict animals and icons integral to their culture. According to Zuni mythology, the Bear fetish is the Guardian of the West and has the power to heal and transform human passions into true wisdom. Available on a stonewashed blue T-shirt.
"Petroglyphs" is a dramatic white-on-black print depicting ancient rock art images found throughout the Southwest.
All styles include a card describing the significance of the images to American Indian cultures.