At sacred native co, We feel deeply that every creation has a story, and knowing that story is part of what makes pieces so special. We want people to know the artists behind the art. We had the opportunity to sit down and talk with our featured artists, and discuss the tribe they belong to, how they got started in their craft, and what inspires them most. We’re proud, not only to know and respect these artists, but to also call them friends. They continue to motivate and inspire the Native community, as well as the next generation of artists.

Preserving Heritage through Art: From Reservations to Your Fingertips

Meet The Artists

Bitter Water | Cameron Curly

Sacred Native Co is proud to feature Cameron Curley, a talented artist and fourth-generation silversmith hailing from the Navajo nation in New Mexico. Born and raised within the rich cultural heritage of his people, Cameron's passion for his craft began to bloom during his junior year of high school under the tutelage of his esteemed grandfather, Leon Kirlie Sr. Guided by his grandfather's wisdom and expertise, Cameron embarked on a transformative journey.

Leon imparted his knowledge, emphasizing the importance of keen attention and dedication, stating that he would only teach Cameron once. This instruction fueled Cameron's determination to master the craft, ensuring that he absorbed every detail.

Drawing inspiration from the enchanting beauty of Mother Nature, Cameron's artwork reflects his deep connection to the natural world and his profound grounding in his indigenous roots. He seamlessly blends traditional silversmithing techniques with contemporary designs, breathing new life into age-old traditions while maintaining the integrity and authenticity of his Navajo heritage. 

Continuing the family legacy, Cameron has become known for his exquisite hand-rolled squash blossoms, a signature style closely associated with his grandfather. Through his work, he honors the legacy of his ancestors while infusing his unique artistic voice, resulting in jewelry that is both timeless and captivating.

As an established artist, Cameron's message to aspiring artists resonates with the power of hard work and dedication. He believes that success is born from unwavering perseverance and a deep respect for the artistic process. Cameron's remarkable talent and commitment serve as a testament to the rewards that await those who passionately pursue their dreams.

With his unwavering dedication, profound connection to his cultural heritage, and a vibrant artistic vision, Cameron Curley stands as a beacon of creativity, inspiring both fellow artists and admirers alike. His ability to fuse tradition and innovation has solidified his place as a respected figure within the world of Native American silversmithing, leaving an indelible mark on the art form for generations to come

Tsinajinnie | Shaun Rodgers

Born and raised in a small Navajo town called Klagetoh, Arizona. Shaun is half Hope, and half Navajo. Shaun's first big show was at the Heard Museum in 2016 for his paintings. He sat next to Harrison Jim sr, and was told that his painting designs would look good on jewelry. This inspired Shaun to start silversmithing. In  2017 Shaun went down what he calls “the turquoise trail” learning everything he possibly could about turquoise and silversmithing.

He started collecting turquoise,  and building his collections. Shaun never practiced on copper or brass, he went straight to silver. His first piece was a turtle fetish, very advanced for a first timer. 

Shauns goal has always been to  be an artist. He takes inspiration from artists like R.C. Gorman, Charles Loloma, and Boyd Tsosie.

His goal is to be among the best, he’s always had a deep love and appreciation for art. Shaun credits art, and his family for saving his life. In addition he feels it has brought him back after a long struggle with addiction. Shaun now has five boys and one daughter, with his amazing partner. He still finds time to create full time, making pieces that leave us speechless.  

He inspires all those around him, with his kind demeanor and friendly smile. His extensive knowledge of turquoise and silversmithing, is something we value greatly at sacred native. Shauns style is unique in its own way, contemporary, modern yet also traditional. His one message for up and coming artists, or anyone wanting to create:

“Success starts with you, if you’re dedicated to what you want to do in life, go for it. If you have people that see the potential in you, that should be enough motivation to pursue what you want to do.”

Hastłishníí | Lynn Traylor

Lynn Traylor, an accomplished artist and visionary, is the mastermind behind Auntie Creations - a platform dedicated to crafting exquisite and meaningful art for generations to come. Lynn Traylor, a proud member of the Diné community, carries the ancestral lineage of Hastłishnii born for Tááchiinii, with Tłaaschií as her Cheiis and Tłaaschií as her Nalí. Originally from the captivating landscapes of Black House Mesa, New Mexico, Lynn now calls the vibrant city of Phoenix her home.

As an Indigenous artist, Lynn's expertise lies in the realm of wearable art beadwork. She was introduced to the art of beading at a young age under the guidance of her father, Edward Mark, who imparted the skills of loom and peyote stitch techniques. Over time, Lynn's passion for beading flourished, leading her to explore the art of flat beadwork.

For Lynn, beading serves as an artistic sanctuary, offering solace from the demanding nature of her work in criminal prosecution for domestic violence cases. Every creation that Lynn brings to life is imbued with the essence of hozhó, embracing harmony and positive intentions.

"Creating Generational Art for All" is Lynn's heartfelt mission, inspiring people from all walks of life to embrace and cherish wearable art. Each piece she meticulously crafts undergoes a sacred blessing ceremony with cedar, ensuring it is ready to be adorned and cherished.

Waters Edge | Jaylynn & Justine Mink

Sweet & Sacred, a meticulously curated collection crafted with unwavering passion and a profound sense of reverence by Justine and Jaylynn Mink. This collection stands as a heartfelt tribute to their esteemed clan, their cherished family, and the awe-inspiring wonders of the natural world. 

Embarking on a transformative journey into the art of silversmithing, the sisters have been fortunate to receive valuable guidance and unwavering support from esteemed artists Shaun Rogers and Cameron Curly. Their mentorship has illuminated their path, nurturing their creative spirits and instilling a deep sense of purpose.

With every piece they create, Justine and Jaylynn immerse themselves in a sacred practice that not only celebrates their ancestral heritage but also fosters a profound connection to their people. The blessings and inspiration they receive are abundant, and they pour their hearts into every meticulously handcrafted design.