Featured Artist Apache Carlos Whate Eagle: Carlos White Eagle, Apache, got started making silver jewelry in the early 1940’s when he was just a young boy. He remembers fondly watching and assisting his uncle (godfather) and teacher, noted silversmith Fred Peshlakai as he made his jewelry in his little shop on Olvera street in Los Angeles, CA. Fred taught Carlos that crafting silver should only be done by hand using only the highest quality turquoise he could find. Read more about this wonderful artist and man. Navajo Silversmith Ronnie James Henry has been working with jewelry for over twenty three years.
  • His original designs are worked in silver, gold, turquoise, and other stones. Among the many awards that he has earned, he is most proud of his 1st place prize awarded him at the 2007 Navajo Indian Market. His is currently a board member for the Indian Arts and Crafts Association. Wilson and Carol Begay are traditional Navajo silversmiths.
  • These talented silversmiths have been creating traditional Navajo jewelry since 1969. They came from families well known for their jewelry making. Wilson’s father taught John Adair, author of “Navajo and Pueblo Silversmiths” how to make sand cast jewelry. He worked for many years with Mike and Dean Kirk, at the famous Kirk Brothers Trading Company in Gallup, New Mexico. Carol’s parents, Angela and Allen Chee were both silversmiths who worked by C.G. Wallace, the famous jewelry trader from Zuni, New Mexico. The Begays began their career making sand-cast jewelry, a traditional type of Navajo jewelry that requires the artist to make carvings in Tufa stone to make forms to shape molten silver.
  • They first worked for Tobe Tupen, a well known trader in Gallup. Carol remembers that silver was only $1.25 an ounce when they started. Today they are independent artists whose work is widely sought after and admired. Wilson concentrates on the casting and building the foundations of the jewelry and Carol sets the stones and does the finishing work. They work together to design their jewelry. Raymond Mullahon, Navajo features a variety of raised designs making it quite an eye catching piece without being flashy. Michael Haskell, Minneconjou Lakota of South Dakota. Michael began to learn silversmithing at a young age when he was in school. The imagery he uses is certainly inspired by his heritage. His work is exceptional not only in creativity but as master of the material that he uses. Mike's jewelry pieces include inlaid bracelets, bolos, pendants, pins, buckles, rings and earrings. Hopi artists, Bennard & Frances Dallasvuyaoma simply put are incredible people and that shows through in their art. They are down to earth and spiritual at the same time. They are the first artists we have seem that incorporate their spirits and the spirituality of the Hopi in each piece they make. De-constructed, all of the imagery is inspired by the Hopi culture culminating into a single message -corn which means harmony and peace. This really differentiates them from artists of the past and It is quite ah inspiring. Hopi/Navajo Key Yazzie is a talented young Silversmith.
  • He is inspired by the ancient petroglyphs that tell the story of his ancestors. Kee is always looking for new innovations in both style and technique to create unique stunning pieces of jewelry that continually set the standards of mastery. He spends hours perfecting the process of creating the 'ideal piece' that is both innovative and original. He is known for using only natural, fine turquoise gemstones including rare Lander Blue turquoise, Bisbee turquoise, Lone Mountain Turquoise and more. Apache Andrew Redhorse Alverez Multi-award winner Andrew "Redhorse" Alvarez was born in 1953, in New Mexico of Apache and Colleville descent. Andrew has a passion for American turquoise, rare stones such as Lander Blue, Indian Mountain, and Bisbee Blue. His family jokes "he has blue blood running through his veins." He says "Yes ~ Turquoise Blue." When he started collecting as a boy, his mother quipped ~ "You’ve got rocks all right, rocks in your head." She would be amazed at today's value of the turquoise. A self-taught jeweler, Andrew has drawn upon his designs from his Mother's Apache ancestry. Apaches are not known for silver work. Andrew searched for his own style, contemporary, yet traditional flair using silver, gold, diamonds, colored stones and tufa casting. His jewelry reflects the natural textures of the tufa stone, a chalk-like stone, which gives it a natural finish. All his work is a vision of his dreams; the next morning he cannot wait to build the next designs. His designs are personal and he wonders who will be the next to wear the next one of a kind piece of jewelry, which is the excitement of his Apache legacy.