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2016 IACA Artist of the Year
Sponsored by Native Peoples Magazine

Shane Hendren

Apache Turquoise Keto Buckle"
Sterling silver, Mokume Gane, Apache turquoise.
Completely fabricated, inlaid with mokume, natural Apache turquoise, hand engraved.
"This buckle is a combination and respectful acknowledgment of all my ethnic, cultural, and technical knowledge"
2016 IACA Artist of The Year Winning Piece
Shane R. Hendren is a Master Metal Smith and Artist who has spent his lifetime working at his craft.  For the past twenty years his principal focus has been on jewelry rooted in his Navajo heritage, incorporating traditional iconography and symbolism while employing advanced metals techniques such as Mokume Gane, and Engraving.

His work can be found in public and private collections around the globe as well as being featured in magazines and books.  His hard work and dedication to his craft has been recognized by awards from all the major art markets. Shane has been recognized three times as the IACA Artist of the Year.

Buttressing his traditional rearing is formal training, having received an Associates Degree from IAIA in Museum Management and a BFA in all Disciplines from the University of New Mexico.  Shane was recognized in 2010 on the floor of the NM House of Representatives for his service to the arts.

Shane served as IACA President in 2010.

IACA Artist of the Year 2nd place -
 Dine Bizaad yee Nidaazbaa'igii

JT Willie

A Tribute to Our Navajo Code Talkers" (2 piece set consisting of a box and a bag)
Hand dyed deerhide, Sterling silver conchos, 13 charlotte cut beads, 24 microbeads, 24k gold beads, Sleeping Beauty turquoise, Navajo churro sheep wool, cotton liners, and smoked deer hide.
The bag is made in the traditional way for Navajo medicine bags with a box keeper to store the bag. Inside the box are the names of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers. Everything is hand-sewn.
"The most memorable piece I have ever made.  The Navajo Code Talkers were the reason to win a war.  They are why I am proud to speak my language".


IACA Artist of the Year 3rd place -
We Will Follow Our Own Path
Dawn Dark Mountain

We Will Follow Our Own Path" (Two-Row Wampum/ the Kaswentha).
Transparent watercolor on paper with cut and manipulated paper and quahog shell (wampum) beads sewn into the wampum belt painting. There is a trompe d'oeil (fool the eye) fold and an actual fold in the paper to further the illusion of a wampum belt.
"This belt commemorates the earliest treaty between Europeans and the Six Nations in 1613. The two purple rows symbolize the path of each culture, the white beads symbolize the Peace between, as we each follow our own path".


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