Published on August 26, 2014 by Carol
His father, Chief Juan Yellowhorse is from the Towering House People Clan “Ki yaa’ áanii”, from Wide Ruins Arizona. A Proud Navajo Indian, Chief Yellowhorse owned and operated “CHIEF YELLOWHORSE TRADING POST” since 1960 located at the Arizona-New Mexico border, till October 27, 1999. While working in his Office at the Trading Post, Chief Yellowhorse died. The Trading Post is still managed by the Yellowhorse Family.
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Ben’s mother Harriett Marmon, is a Laguna Pueblo and Isleta Pueblo Indian. Also an accomplished Native American artist. Harriett retired from Sue Rayos Marmon Elementary School in Albuquerque, NM. Which was named after her Grandmother, who lived to the age of 111 years. Her grandmother lived through the government relocation of the Pueblo Indians to the east coast where she acquired an education. After her Grandma came back out west, She become a leader in education for the Laguna Pueblo People. Harriett has a distinguished talent for Storytelling Pueblo Folklore.
Ben comes from a family of nine children. Eight of the siblings have followed in the Yellowhorse Family long tradition of authentic handcrafted Navajo jewelry design. The ninth sibling has an accomplished career as a professional musician (Jaime Bird).
Ben Yellowhorse now lives on his Mother’s land in Laguna Pueblo, where he works his magic on sterling silver, turning it to breathtaking pieces of art. Ben started working on his craft at very young age, learning from his Father, Mother, brothers, uncles, aunts, and grandparents. He was taught how to work with a variety of metals and to never sacrifice quality by using cheaper or pre-manufactured materials. Ben’s jewelry is all hand stamped, each individual piece is a unique example of his talent and his family’s long tradition. His love for the Southwest is clearly seen in each magnificent piece of art that he creates.
Ben specializes with thick sterling sliver bracelets, but also works with other metals and other kinds of jewelry. By practicing his art, Ben is keeping his father’s memory and a Navajo tradition alive.