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Navajo weaver earns Best of Show at Indian Art Market

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Tahnibaa Naataanii admires the Best of Show and first-place ribbons for her hand-made native cape at the 20th annual Prescott Indian Art Market. Her cape won top honors at the weekend Indian Art Market, which continues today at Sharlot Hall Museum in downtown Prescott. (Ken Leja, Sharlot Hall Museum/Courtesy)

Tahnibaa Naataanii admires the Best of Show and first-place ribbons for her hand-made native cape at the 20th annual Prescott Indian Art Market. Her cape won top honors at the weekend Indian Art Market, which continues today at Sharlot Hall Museum in downtown Prescott. (Ken Leja, Sharlot Hall Museum/Courtesy)

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Describing her award-winning traditional cape, artist Tahnibaa Naataanii points to the hand-dyed coloring, including the bright red (acalyne) color, and the black mohair and wool weave. Her cape won Best of Show at the 20th annual Prescott Indian Art Market, which continues today at Sharlot Hall Museum. (Ken Leja, Sharlot Hall Museum/Courtesy)

Celebrating traditional weaving, Diné Navajo artist Tahnibaa Naataanii earned best-of-show honors and first place in traditional arts at the 20th annual Prescott Indian Art Market on Saturday, July 8.

The two-day market at Sharlot Hall Museum features more than 100 Native American artists showcasing pieces at the juried show. Naataanii’s cape of hand-loomed wool, utilizing native symbols and traditionally dyed materials, was deemed the Best of Show.

Judges reviewed more than 110 pieces in five general categories: Ceramics, Jewelry, Sculpture, Two-Dimensional Art, and Traditional Art. In addition to top-three awards in each category, judges also provided “Judges’ Choice” mentions. Eighteen different artists were selected after more than two hours of close inspection.

Lorraine Gala-Lewis, a Laguna Taos Hopi, won first place in Ceramics; Veronica Benally, a Diné Navajo, won in Jewelry; Adrian Wall, a Jemez Pueblo, won in Sculpture; and Gilmore Scott, a Diné Navajo, won in Two-Dimensional Art.

The Prescott Indian Art Market concludes today, July 9, at the museum, 415 W. Gurley St., two blocks west of the courthouse plaza. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Information provided by Sharlot Hall Museum