There are a number of Native American artists, and we feature many of the ones with which we are familiar. The information we have is what we could find, either from secondary sources or from actually talking to the artists themselves.
Sadly, many have passed and are no longer available for those wonderful conversations about their lives and their passions. If you have additional information about an artist that you think would be beneficial to others, please contact us with the information and we will make sure you get credit (if you wish) for your contribution. We are trying to preserve the legacy of these wonderful artists and give them the recognition that they so deserve.
(?-Present) Tribal Affiliation: Navajo Robert was raised in Cow Springs, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation in the northwestern portion of Arizona. As he grew up, his parents educated him in the traditional culture and prayers of the Navajo. Parents and grandparents, alike, offer the knowledge to understand ceremonies and prayers. As a young Navajo in … Read MoreRead More
(1949-Present) Tribal Affiliation: Navajo Although Teddy is best known for his works in pastels, in recent years Teddy has begun making beautiful jewelry. He creates finely crafted sterling silver jewelry inset with precious gems and high-quality turquoise from world renowned domestic mines such as Carico Lake, Castle Dome, Cerrillos, Bisbee and Morenci. His jewelry, like … Read MoreRead More
(1951-Present) Tribal Affiliation: Choctaw Carolyn Bernard Young was not a born a potter. She did not appear on earth throwing clay and carving animal figures and totems. Her life and her art were formed by her experiences. I am an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and a registered Choctaw artist. My work … Read MoreRead More
(1949- Present) Tribal Affiliation: Warm Springs Apache Jan Loco began making jewelry in 1988. She developed a method of making jewelry without the use of power tools. After cutting the silver (with heavy-duty poultry scissors or something similar) to the desired shape, she hammers it with a specially selected rock until she achieves the texture … Read MoreRead More
(1961-Present) Pueblo: Zia Pueblo/Santa Ana Rachel Medina claims dual relationship to Zia, her native pueblo, and Santa Ana Pueblo, where she has lived. She is a daughter of Sofia and Rafael Medina, granddaughter of Juanita Toribio Pino, and great-granddaughter of Rosalea Medina Toribio. Her brother is Marcellus Medina. Rachel’s mother, Sofia, taught her the techniques … Read MoreRead More
(Unknown-Present) Pueblo: Zuni Pueblo Claudine Haloo learned about pottery making and fetish carving from her family and she began her pottery career in 1987. Her work features traditional hand coiled bowls and ollas, which are painted in colors of terra cotta, brown, and white. She incorporates geometric shapes, rosettes, and heart line deer in … Read MoreRead More