Originally Published: November 26, 2004 7 a.m.
The Smoki Museum, American Indian Art and Culture, invites the public to its Christmas Around the Kiva program, Dec. 4-5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There will be live Indian flute music, refreshments, and three Indian guest artists: Nanabah Aragon, Navajo weaver and silversmith; Allen Aragon, Navajo jeweler and potter; and Sammy and Mavis Garcia, Santo Domingo silversmiths and heshi makers.
Nanabah Aragon, Navajo weaver, jeweler, and multi-talented lady, will have her art for sale and demonstrate her weaving. She grew up in a time when weaving was a way to survive. She has more than 25 years' experience teaching and demonstrating. Her experience involves answering questions, explaining the weaving process, shearing of sheep, and visiting with people. Her specialties include weaving, sand painting, seamstress, making dolls, jewelry; and she conducts workshops on cultural history, Navajo drums, story telling, and singing.
Allen Aragon is a Navajo artist who creates pottery-style jewelry and miniature pottery. His career began at a show with his mother Nanabah, where he was captivated by the intricate pottery sold by an Acoma woman. She taught him traditional methods with clay, which he still uses for his pottery. His first big award was First Place at the Santa Fe Indian Market in 1990. His work is pictured in "Enduring Traditions, Art of the Navajo," and in "Navajo Jewelry," both by Lois Jacka. His Southwest-style Tiffany lamp won first place for pottery at the New Mexico State Fair.
Sandy and Mavis Garcia create traditional-style heshi necklaces and earrings. Sammy also makes bolas, pendants, and bracelets. Mavis (originally from the Goshute Indian Reservation in Nevada) also works with glass beads in the traditional style of the Joshua Indians.
This is also an opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts at a 10 per cent discount at the Museum Trading Post.
Live Indian flute music and refreshments will be provided. There is no charge to attend this event, but donations are gratefully accepted. For information, call the museum at 928-445-1230.
Additionally, there will be a Psychic and Holistic Health Fair in the Museum's Pueblo building both days. This is not a museum-sponsored event.