Diné and Hopi artist Venaya Yazzie will close the seventh annual Sacred Arts Festival in style Sunday with the hands-on “Journey into Navajo Jewelry Adornment.” The Fort Lewis College graduate hails from the San Juan Valley of northwestern New Mexico, and her heritage is rooted in the communities of Huerfano and the Chaco Canyon region of the eastern Navajo Nation.
Navajo Jewelry Adornment is a cultural journey into the historical, material and spiritual connections of the Navajo ways of being and “adorning” themselves. Yazzie’s talk will explore the ancestral and cultural significance of the Southwestern indigenous tribal people’s adornment practices and symbolism.
Yazzie said the goals of the lecture and jewelry-making workshop are to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for Diné customs and beliefs, find purpose in the Diné rituals of personal adornment, make connections between Southwestern Indigenous material culture and the Diné philosophy and spirituality and re-establish the roles of Diné women, matriarchy, self-confidence and self-esteem.
The workshop will include handouts, jewelry supplies and turquoise, and one completed jewelry piece.