History of Navajo Jewelry-making, Episode 1
Episode 1: Traditional materials and tools
with Zeke Argeanas
- Introduction in Navajo, including his names, clans, place or origin; and what inspires him.
- Explains the tools and demonstrate how they are used.
- Methods of ancient jewelry-making.
Zeke Naabaahii Argeanas is a member of the Navajo Nation who is of the Towering House, Mexican People, Red Running into the Water Giant People, and One Who Walks Around clans. His roots originate from Chinle Arizona, the heart of the Navajo Nation. Zeke is a bead maker who dedicates his work to honor the ancestors by practicing traditional techniques and is inspired by medicine people of the past and elders, as well as traditional stories.
Zeke is currently a student at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, studying museum studies and studio art. Sandpainting, metalwork, digital art, and photography are other arts that Zeke creates. He enjoys carrying on traditional activities, supporting the community, as well as supporting Diné youth with connecting to their culture.
Special thanks to
New Mexico Humanities Council
National Endowment for the Humanities
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