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Smoki Museum program focuses on tradition

"Nanabah Aragon is very interested in sharing her weaving with young people and old people. Her mother taught her that it was important to share her art," said Ginnie Smith, public relations director for the Smoki Museum. "So Nanabah always takes time to talk to people and answer all the people's questions."

Aragon will have her loom set up and will demonstrate weaving. She'll sell her weavings and her art.

Joe comes from a diverse Navajo, Hopi and Zuni background. She creates storyteller dolls, Nativity sets, Christmas ornaments and other pottery.

"All of her siblings are artists in one way or another. She also likes to tell about her history," Smith said. "She makes mugs and ornaments."

She'll have her own work for sale and will also have art her family members created for sale.

Roybal displays his work in many Southwest galleries and museum stores. He has lectured at the Parsons School of Art and Design in Manhattan, New York, and taught workshops at the Visual Arts College there.

"Peter's father taught him that if he wanted to be excellent in his field, he should always associate himself with the generals – the finest artists to learn from and associate himself with," Smith said.

"He's an accomplished leather worker. He does silver jewelry. He also makes bows and arrows."

Smith said Roybal makes contemporary jewelry and is experimenting with new techniques.

All three guest artists will sell their work independently. The Smoki Museum will offer free admission to the Christmas Around the Kiva event, and will give a 10 percent discount to patrons who buy items at the Trading Post.

For more information contact the Smoki Museum at 445-1230.

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