Chipeta Trading Company is proud to support and showcase the works of various Native Artists throughout the country. Many of these talented individuals are just getting underway in their careers while others are well know and highly respected in their fields.  We are thrilled to work with each of them so please, " Meet our Native Artists" 

 

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For more than 40 years, Navajo silversmith Fritson Toledo has been sharing his artistic talents with collectors worldwide.  Born in Cuba, New Mexico in 1961 he grew up in the near by farming community of Torreon,  where he spent much of his time drawing.  Although Fritson grew up in a family of traditional Navajo weavers, he chose a different path.

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Fritson's talents became quite evident at an early age as he used his father's scrap silver and tools to create his own works of art influenced by the the natural world around him.   By making his own tools and stamps for silversmithing and taking inspiration from older Navajo designs and ways, Toledo helps us preserve the traditional craft of Navajo jewelry making.

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Fritson's talents have been shared with his two boys as well as his love for muscle cars!  His designs continue to be in high demand and we are proud to represent his works in our "Historic Revival Jewelry" line at Chipeta Trading Company.



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Elias Not Afraid, Apsaalooke (Crow) beader and feather artists has burst upon the Native Arts scene combining the gift of traditional beading  techniques with contemporary design elements!

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Beading since the age of 11, Elias grew up on the Crow reservation in Montana and found his talents in beading and featherwork provided the escape needed to address the challenges of life on the reservation.  Elias draws his inspiration from tribal elders including his great grandmother, Joy Yellowtail.

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Elias's work is highly sought after by both designers, museums and collectors alike.  Working closely with Bethany Yellowtail in her B. Yellowtail Collective his designs have revived interest in the age old art of traditional beading with a modern flair.


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You may find his work featured in Native Arts Magazine, Santa Fe's Indian Market, Heard Indian Market and other venues!  We are thrilled to have Elias on our team of artists in the "Historic Revival Jewelry" series!


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Melissa Pochoema is a full blood Hopi from the Second Mesa Village of Shungopavi, Northern Arizona.  She was raised learning the traditional values of the Hopi ways of life.  Her father, katchina carver, Kevin Pochoema guided her early years as she watched him work with wood and color.

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Self taught, Melissa expresses herself in her "two worlds" culture through a variety of mediums, whether they appear on canvas, or the painting of silk scarves; both utilizing traditional Hopi symbols combined with abstract form and function.

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Her busy schedule includes her work as an honor student at the Institute of American Indian Arts, an intern at the Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe and frequent visits to her traditional Village at Hopi.  Melissa's work has been shown at the Hopi Festival in Flagstaff, AZ, Heard Museum and Fair in Phoenix and Santa Fe's Indian Market.  


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