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Kee Yazzie

A descendant of master silversmiths, wearvers and artists, he gained inspiration from them, but traveled an interesting path to his present renown as a jeweler.
He studied linguistics at Brigham Young University, and is fluent in Thai and Laotian. Artists he read about and knew, such as James Little, Norbet Peshlakai, Gibson Nez, and Ray Scott, in particular, helped and guided him. However, he has developed his own style and techniques.

He is especially intrigued by the geometry of Navajo rug designs, and graphic linear patterns. HIs applique work in gold on silver is highly collected.

Lately, Kee has added to his list of awards with a Best in Show, at the Navajo Market at the Museum of Northern Arizona, Summer 2011.