1963, born in Gallup New Mexico as full blood Navajo. My family are from Iyanbito New Mexico which is 20 miles east from Gallup, in Navajo Reservation.
1980, I dropped out from High school and started work in town.
1980-1986, I joined the Army.
1986,I started working as truck driver. Through my work, I got to know Sunshine Reeves, he is known as traditional stamp jewelry. At the same time, I started helping my sister’s jewelry making. Through helping and looking other people’s jewelry, I started to make my own style.
Back then, Sunshine Reeves and his brothers, David Reeves, Gary Reeves and Darrell Cadman had studio in Albuquerque New Mexico, and I lived there so we used to hang out a lot.
Owner of Sunwest Silver, Ernie helped me a lot to spread my work. However, my work was totally different from my style now. I was making a lot of small jewelry, and to make my living, sometime I had to make 100-200 pcs a day. Harry Morgan, he was known as traditional Navajo Style jewelry. He used to come to Reeves Brothers Studio a lot. I became good friend with him and I learned a lot from him.
My Teacher, Harry Morgan
One day, I asked Harry Morgan” Can you teach me?” And his answer was, ” I can’t teach you but you can watch how I work.” I watched him and I leaned a lot of his technique. We hang around a lot. I used to drive for him for his sales trip, went to lots of yard sales and went to had apple pie. He shared a lot of story with me. He used say,” You need to make your name up before year of 2000.” Harry himself, never tried art shows but I started to going to art shows in 2008. I made horse bridal and I got my first “Blue Ribbon” in Gallup Inter-tribal Ceremonial. In 2011, silver price went up. In 1990’s, it was $6/oz but in 2011 it went up to $45/oz. Lots of silversmith couldn’t keep making jewelry after that. I don’t know Harry knew about it or not, because he passed away in 2011. But without his word, my jewelry and my work would be never known.