Arizona Indian Living Treasures Awards

To Honor the Cultures of Arizona Native American Tribes

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Sally Antone

Sally Antone was born in the Ak-Chin Indian community in 1947. She grew up watching her mother and grandmother make baskets and has made them herself for over 40 years. She teaches basket weaving to her children, other young people, and community members, organizes annual trips to gather materials in the Coronado National Forest, and demonstrates her art for visitors at the Open House at the Tonto National Monument each year. Her baskets are on display at the Ak-Chin Him-Dak Museum and she donates her baskets for fundraisers at charity events.

Evelina Lopez

Evelina Lopez was born in the Ak-Chin Indian community in 1940. She recently celebrated 50 years of quilt making, teaching her craft to her children so that it will remain alive in the community.

Her quilts grace the homes of 13 children and many grandchildren and are displayed in the Ak-Chin Him-Dak Museum. Ms. Lopez has used her talent to raise funds for many charitable events by donating her quilts to be sold, raffled, or auctioned and her quilts are always the first to go at craft sales because of their quality and perfection.

Armida Mattia

Armida Mattia was born Armida Santiago in 1946 in Ak-Chin. She grew up in an O’odham speaking home, learning how to make O’odham baskets from her grandmother. Her very first basket was made with the coyote track design. She made baskets for many visiting dignitaries, including Senator Barry Goldwater, Governor and Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano, Senator John McCain, and former President Jimmy Carter.

Daniel Kaska

Daniel Kaska was born in Supai, Arizona, on April 6, 1926. He learned his traditional songs, stories and cultural history from his parents and has passed that down to his children. He is the son of the first Havasupai Tribal Chairman and himself served as Tribal Chairman in the 1970s, helping to regain Havasupai Tribal lands, known as the Grand Canyon National Park Enlargement Act of 1975.

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.

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Previous AILTA Recipients

R. Carlos Nakai
Craft: Musician
Tribe: Navajo, Ute, Zuni
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