Arizona Indian Living Treasures Awards

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Lorena Charles


Lorena Charles was 76 in 2010 when she was recognized as a Living Treasure.

She is of the Bear Clan and resides in the village of Sipaulovi on the Hopi Reservation. Ms. Charles learned to weave sifter baskets as a young girl from her grandfather and has passed the craft on to her children and community.

She has attended the basket weaver show at the Heard Museum since 2005 and sells her work at the Sipaulovi Community Center.


Previous AILTA Recipients

Michael Chiago, Sr.
Craft: Painter
Tribe: Maricopa, Pima, Tohono O'odham
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