- Jimmy Calabaza is one of the finest turquoise heishi makers alive today.
He is featured in many publications and has won numerous awards for his
beautiful jewelry. Ca'Win is also a farmer, he has several fields that
he tends to, and says sometimes that is where he draws his inspiration
from. His designs and methods are sometimes dreamed up while sitting in
the tractor or opening the irrigation ditch to the fields. Born and raised
on the Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico, Ca'Win is also very active
in the community.
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was born and raised on the Navajo reservation in the Navajo community
of Haystack, which lies in the shadow of Mt. Taylor. He does traditional
silversmithing in a 1940's curio style. He likes using thunderbirds, waterbirds
and other animals of traditional Navajo folklore. He melts the silver
scrap down and shapes it into flat plates by rolling the ingots down by
hand. Albert Cleveland is also a guitarist who plays music in and around
the community of Grants, New Mexico.
Otero, of Torreon NM, seen in the workshop in Santa Fe.
Otero was born in 1974 in Torreon, New Mexico, which is located on the
Navajo Reservation. From that day on, his life has been built around a
family with a long line of silversmiths. His grandfather and father are
both silversmiths along with many other family members who also carry
on the traditional craft making. "Now I've learned how to give more
respect to my jewelry and how it makes me feel about life, it's purity
and rewards. It helps me to live strong in my mind, body and spirit: My
jewelry is who I am"