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We are a small business specializing in Navajo and Native American arts and crafts.

As a child I was fortunate to have many traditional influences in my life. My paternal grandfather was a well known Haatathli, or medicine man, who performed the opening ceremonial blessing of the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial in Gallup, New Mexico, for many years which included the creation of large and elaborate sandpaintings. My maternal great grandfather was also a well known Haatathli and moccasin maker.

My parents often remind me about the things my grandfathers and grandmothers taught me in our youth. Thankfully, they did allow me to participate in many of the traditions of our people as well as those of our Native neighbors. In my youth I was able to dance with a Native dance group out of Blanding, Utah, I was the youngest powwow fancy dancer in our group.

I was also fortunate to have one of the greatest fifth grade teachers ever, Edward McKelvey, husband of famed potter Lucy McKelvey. My fifth grade curriculum included learning how to make coiled pottery, Navajo moccasins, weaving baskets using rope and yarn, and plenty of Navajo Oral stories during the winter months.

From the father of one of my best friends growing up, I learned how to weave baskets using the traditional reed instead of just rope and yarn. He also taught me how to make Navajo moccasins.

 From my uncle I learned how to make Navajo Katsinas which brought me my first real love for carving wood. From my grandfather, I learned about how important wood carvings are in the ceremonies of our people, the Navajo. My inspirations in carving come from these experiences and many more like them.

Other artists that I have been fortunate to know:

 

www.chortondesigns.com

www.navajovisions.com

www.yellowbirdproductions.com/Welcome.html

www.estunbahmusic.com