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Michael Garcia "Na Na Ping" - June 1999

The Highlight of the Month program at The Indian Craft Shop focuses on a particular craft area, region or artist family/group. Our aim is to illustrate the diversity of tribal groups and the wide variety of artistic expressions and traditions in the country today.

Michael Garcia is recognized as a contemporary jeweler with over 20 years of experience. Born in the village of Guadalupe, located outside of Tempe, Arizona, he was taught the basic jewelry techniques by family members at a young age. He now resides on the Nambe Pueblo Indian Reservation in northern New Mexico.

All of his designs are hand crafted, and one of a kind. His designs are drawn from a culture as old as time and as diverse as the future. He uses some of the finest materials available and blends them with specialized techniques. He is comfortable with both traditional and contemporary designs, sometimes combining both in a single piece.

He is a diverse artist who also works with stone sculpture and incorporates his lapidary techniques into a wide range of stone sculptures. He attended Arizona State University and later transferred to the University of New Mexico, graduating with a B.A. in Business. All of his art bears his trademark Na Na Ping which is his Tewa name for Aspen Mountain.

AWARDS: Award of Excellence in Jewelry, Southwest Indian Art Fair - Arizona State Museum in Tuscon; 1997 recipient of the prestigious SWAIA - Arlene Feddes Fellowship Award, Recognition of Excellence in Native American Art; First Place in Jewelry - Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Art Fair; Best of Show, Best in Jewelry, First and Second Place in Jewelry - Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Art Fair; First Place in jewelry, Santa Monica Ceremonial; Best in Jewelry and Second Place - Dallas Art Festival Indian Market; Best in Jewelry, Second Place Gold Category - Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Art Fair.

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