Zefren_M

Bio

I am a Dine/Navajo Weaver from the Four Corners Region of the Navajo Nation. Both of my grandmothers hail from weaving traditions of the Dine ancestors, From Two Grey Hills Mary Hunt and from Rattlesnake Charlotte and her mother Elizabeth Tsosie Light. I’ve have inherited their tools and family weavings of which formed the base of journey into Dine textiles. In 2014 I joined under Roy Kady’s weaving apprenticeship to learn the life of a Traditional weaver and how work with our weavings to support our people.  

Mission

It is my mission to capture history stories and archaeology to create modern art so these ancient arts does not Fade Away into only museums and books. While using my art to teach the next generation southwestern indigenous weavers, the Lost history and weavings of our ancestors. Through visits to Museums like SARS, Wheelwright and a collection of out of print papers I’ve collected, I’ve have started to rebuild a timeline of weaving technology and techniques of the last 2000 years. A new narrative emerges that reaffirms a collective existence between the ancestors of the tribes of the southwest.

Many of these techniques are a part of documented historic Navajo weaving and what I’ve focused on for my art. To bring forgotten everyday textiles into the forefront of Native American art and culture. The meddling of Ancient, modern, rural and urban can work to make new exciting art that supports all involved in its creation through the reestablishment of old weaving traditions to preserve sheep, land and language. Using the income from my weavings I donate time to Non profits with the same mission such as Sheep is Life and lectures to school children.

Awards

2019      

2nd Place Girls traditional attire, SOUTHWESTERN ASSOCIATION FOR INDIAN ARTS, Santa Fe, NM

2019      

1st Place Category F: Innovations weaving, GALLUP INTER-TRIBAL INDIAN CEREMONIAL, Gallup, NM

2019      

1st Place Category D: Flat, hollowware & Boxes, GALLUP INTER-TRIBAL INDIAN CEREMONIAL, Gallup, NM

2019      

Best of Show, Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market, Phoenix, AZ

2019      

Best of Classification, Weaving & Textiles, Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market, Phoenix, AZ

2019      

Best of Division, Regional, Pan-Reservation and Revival style weavings, Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market, Phoenix, AZ

2018      

Navajo Cultural Arts Program Apprenticeship grant, Dine College, Tsaile, AZ

2018      

Best of Show, 72nd Nizhoni Arts Market, Window Rock, AZ

2018      

Best of Class, Textiles & Weavings, 72nd Nizhoni Arts Market, Window Rock, AZ

2018      

1st Place, Division A, 72nd Nizhoni Arts Market, Window Rock, AZ

2018      

1st Place Category E: miscellaneous weavings, GALLUP INTER-TRIBAL INDIAN CEREMONIAL, Gallup, NM

2018      

2nd Place Category F: Innovations weaving, GALLUP INTER-TRIBAL INDIAN CEREMONIAL, Gallup, NM

2018      

Turney’s Inc. Special Award, GALLUP INTER-TRIBAL INDIAN CEREMONIAL, Gallup, NM

2018      

Teresa Hatathlie preserving the legacy of the master Weaver, Navajo Cultural Arts Week exhibit, Dine College, Tsaile, AZ

2018      

Best Silver Work, Navajo Cultural Arts Week exhibit, Dine College, Tsaile, AZ

2017      

Judges Choice, 71st Nizhoni Arts Market, Window Rock, AZ

2017      

2nd Place, Weavings Category 5, Flag Wool & Fiber Festival, Flagstaff, AZ

2017      

1st Place, Weavings Category 5, Flag Wool & Fiber Festival, Flagstaff, AZ

2014      

1st Place, Sewing, Domestic Arts & Horticulture, Navajo Nation Fair, Window Rock, AZ

Education

Weavings

Family teachings from the matriarchs as a young boy

Two apprenticeship under Master Weaver Roy Kady

A Certificate in Navajo Cultural arts from Dine College Tsalie Arizona.

Sliversmithing

A Certificate in Navajo Cultural arts from Dine College Tsalie Arizona.

A Continuing apprenticeship sponsored by Dine College with an established

Master silversmith.

 

 

2019

Santa Fe Art Market

 

 

John Carson

Administrator

 

Hope Smith

Teacher

 

 

2017

Center of Southwestern Studies Lecture – Fort Lewis College

 

 

John Carson

Administrator

 

Hope Smith

Teacher

 

 

2020

Featured Demonstrator Textiles – Heard Museum

 

John Carson

Administrator

 

Hope Smith

Teacher

 

2019

61 st. Heard Museum Guild Indian Market & Show – Best of Show Reception