Kee Yazzie – Native American

Published on February 17, 2013 by Casey

Love this article and want to save it to read again later? Add it to your favourites! To find all your favourite posts, check out My Favourites on the menu bar.

Kee Yazzie
Kee Yazzie

Kee Yazzie

Just to the north of Ganado, Arizona, Kee Yazzie’s home, lie spectacular canyons – some open to tourists like Canyon de Chelly, others hidden and inaccessible. Deep in the labyrinths, on cliff walls and in caves, are the etched drawings of Kee’s ancestors.

dna testing, dna ancestry testing, ancestry, genealogy, indian genealogy records, paternity testing, turquoise jewelry, native american jewelry

Kee has translated these ancient petroglyphs into contemporary bracelets. His overlay work in sterling silver and gold recreates the stone-pecked pictures – transforming rock art to wearable art. With hundreds of small, precise cuts of a jewelry saw, his miniature reproductions of the petroglyphs give the illusion of a mosaic of metal.

Kee’s background in architectural design has undoubtedly enhanced his natural gift for balance. He also mentions the creative influence of artists Ray Scott, Gibson Nez, and Norbert Peshlakai.

“When I returned from school in 1992, I had the desire to learn metalsmithing and, by luck, my friend Ray Scott offered me a job.”

Soon, Kee was creating his own designs. At his first show, Eight Northern Pueblo in 1995, Kee’s thunder bracelet took second place.

Kee is now recognized as one of the most accomplished overlay craftsmen, sometimes incorporating one hundred symbols within a bracelet. Each intricately hand-cut piece becomes part of a seemingly never-ending mural in silver.

“Mostly, I try to create something that people will like to wear.”

The symbols etched on rock faces deep in canyons on Navajoland have held meaning for hundreds of years. Today, you can carry with you the rock art of the ancients.

Source: garlandsjewelry

NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged
Based on the collective work of NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com, © 2014 Native American Encyclopedia.
Cite This Source | Link To Kee Yazzie – Native American
Add these citations to your bibliography. Select the text below and then copy and paste it into your document.

American Psychological Association (APA):

Kee Yazzie – Native American NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged. Retrieved November 26, 2014, from NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com website: http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com/kee-yazzie-native-american/

Chicago Manual Style (CMS):

Kee Yazzie – Native American NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com. NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged. Native American Encyclopedia http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com/kee-yazzie-native-american/ (accessed: November 26, 2014).

Modern Language Association (MLA):

"Kee Yazzie – Native American" NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged. Native American Encyclopedia 26 Nov. 2014. <NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com/kee-yazzie-native-american/>.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE):

NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com, "Kee Yazzie – Native American" in NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged. Source location: Native American Encyclopedia http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com/kee-yazzie-native-american/. Available: http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com. Accessed: November 26, 2014.

BibTeX Bibliography Style (BibTeX)

@ article {NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com2014,
    title = {NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged},
    month = Nov,
    day = 26,
    year = 2014,
    url = {http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com/kee-yazzie-native-american/},
}
You might also like:

Tags:  ,

Facebook Comments

You must be logged in to post a comment.