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Ryan Gashweseoma stands with an award winning Kachina box at the Hopi Festival of Art and Culture July 7 at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Ryan Williams/NHO

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Hopi artist finds his individuality within carving tradition

Ryan Gashweseoma uses carpentry background to combine Kachina dolls with jewelry boxes

Hopi carver Ryan Gashweseoma is a union carpenter by trade. When he decided to become a carver, he wanted to do something different and add something more to his kachina dolls.