Many of the art pieces incorporated what is called “found object” types of themes.
A good example of the found object focus was an entry by Elton Manygoats, member of the Navajo Nation, who created a modern day warrior shield made of hide, bottle caps, bicycle chains and acrylic paint. The price for his piece was $1,000.
There was an abundance of jewelry pieces, but most did not contain the pedestrian pieces of turquoise.
Many contained exotic stones, such as Bruce Hodgins’ submittal of a ring made of heavy silver and Peruvian opal.
Hodgins, a member of the Navajo Nation, has an extremely rich background of Diné heritage. He is a direct line descendant of Chee Dodge, but he was raised among Hopis at Second Mesa.
Hodgins gives credit to his former teacher, Sidney Secakuku for teaching him the true Hopi tradition of overlay jewelry. He chooses to take what he learned from Secakuku along with his formal silver training and make wearable art pieces that are completely his own.
Also in the beautifully unusual category was a submittal of Navajo Nation member, Lyndon Tsosie “Box with Pearls,” which was priced at $9,500.
This exquisitely made, silver footed jewel box combined cast silver, ebony wood, jade, pale orange coral and cocobolo wood in a three-dimensional rectangular design. This was one of the most dramatic entries even though it was one of the smallest in size-dimension.
CCA’s Native American Festival Poster artist this year is Joe Maktima, a member of the Laguna and Hopi Tribes. Maktima created his image of “Summer Solstice” specifically for the CCA show. Maktima was on hand at the Friday evening reception to sign posters for art show guests.
For more information about the Native American Art Festival and series presentations and tickets, call Cheryl Brock at 928-779-2300.