This website is about family, heritage, and the legacy of Native American silversmiths. These are my people. I'm Mechel - that's me in the middle picture circa 1978. The others are my extended family and my daughters. The place is Manuelito, NM, or Kin Hozhoni, where my mother's family is from. All of the jewelry was made by my family past and present.
My family is from Dine'tah (Navajo Nation). I am from the Todich'ii'nii (Bitter Water) clan born for the Naaneesht'ezhi Tachii'nii (The Charcoal Streaked Division of the Red Running Into the Water) clan. We treasure our legacy of silversmithing passed down from generations.
This site showcases artistry. On this website, you'll find original works created by my brothers and nephews and in the future, other Native American artists that join this portal.
This site is also a result of the impact of COVID-19 on Native American silversmiths and meeting a need.
The spring and summer months are the main selling season for Native American artists. For some artists, marketing is limited to face-to-face interactions with buyers at shows and traveling to neighboring cities and states to meet with galleries and shop owners.
Due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, those opportunities ceased as did their means of income.
Some artists live on the reservation or in the city but do not the capacity to conduct online marketing or online sales. This website is an attempt to help bridge that gap. This site offers, Native American artists, like my family, an online presence that they may not have the means to create on their own. Helping to bridge a need is the inspiration for this website.
Welcome to Indigenous Ideas.