Bio

Ephraim Anderson (Zefren-M) is a member of the Navajo Tribe and living in Shiprock New Mexico as a fulltime college student, artist and caregiver of his father. He is multi-disciplined and uses a combination of oral history, archeological research and experiments to explore Navajo material art for it’s practical knowledge as well as atheistic beauty, form and visual narrative. Zefren-M has studied with Master weaver Roy Kady and Master Silversmiths Wilson Arnolith Jr. & Lyndon Tsosie to better understand traditional techniques as he strives to create the art that pushes the Navajo narrative into the future. He is also a 2018 Heard Museum Best of show winner and has multiple awards from the Navajo nation Fair, Gallup ceremonial and the Santa Fe Indian Market. Zefren-M uses his work to support his education in Bachelors of Fine arts at Dine college.

“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 brought weaving back into my family” Zefren

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

2021

1st Place Category E: Miscellaneous weaving, GALLUP INTER-TRIBAL INDIAN CEREMONIAL, Gallup, NM

2021

2nd Place Category A: Men’s Bolo Buckle set, GALLUP INTER-TRIBAL INDIAN CEREMONIAL, Gallup, NM

2021

1st place, Class VI: Weavings & Textiles Division A, House of Rain, Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market, Phoenix, AZ

2020

Final 5 overall juried art show, SOUTHWESTERN ASSOCIATION FOR INDIAN ARTS, Santa Fe, NM

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

2021

Mother Earth & FAther Sky Entwined 

2017

Center of Southwestern Studies Lecture – Fort Lewis College

2020

Featured Demonstrator Textiles – Heard Museum

2019

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