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Visitors to Los Poblanos always delight in the peacocks that roam freely on our grounds. This vintage peacock pin was created with exceptional craftsmanship and has a history as unique as Los Poblanos itself.
In 1931, a group of trading post owners and operators founded the United Indian Traders Association (UITA), a non-profit organization dedicated to upholding and guaranteeing the highest possible standards of quality, traditional craftsmanship and authenticity in Native American arts and crafts. The first offices were at the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Association hogan in Gallup, New Mexico.
Individual UITA-member trading posts were assigned specific numeric codes and jewelry and other native crafts made there were inspected and only those which met the association’s rigid guidelines could be marked with the organization’s coveted stamp and could then be sold at a premium. The UITA organization lasted only a relatively short time and that, combined with its extremely strict standards and correspondingly low output, means that UITA pieces are not easy to come by and are highly collectible.