Arizona Indian Living Treasures Awards

To Honor the Cultures of Arizona Native American Tribes

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2011

Thomas Nahsonhoya

Thomas is one of a limited number for male weavers on the Hopi. He seeks to continue the art of weaving along with historical significance, purpose and background of weaving at Hopi. Mr. Nahsonhoya encourages and teaches young men the art of textile weaving and either goes to the homes of students or set up his weaving loom at home to teach weaving. In Hopi there are different pieces of traditional and ceremonial clothing each requiring different stitches, designs and colors.

Joseph Joaquin

Mr. Joaquin is a decorated military veteran, serving as a U.S. Marine in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Mr. Joaquin attended the University of California in Los Angles, graduating in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. On the Nation he has been influential in the establishment of the Tohono O'odham Cultural Affairs Office, where he now works as a Cultural Resource Specialist. Mr.

Chester Kahn

Chester was commissioned to paint many other murals, notably a very large mural in downtown Gallup called the "Native American Trading Days", and murals in the new Indian Hospital in Fort Defiance, new clinic at Pueblo Pintado, Thunderbird Jewelry Supply, and at the Love's trading post in Gallup. In 2002 he illustrated the book The Winds Erase Your Footprints. In 2004 he completed a large mural at the Thunderbird Supply Company in Gallup, which depicts both traditional Zuni and Navajo scenes.

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Previous AILTA Recipients

Victor Paul Beck, Sr.
2003
Craft: Silversmith
Tribe: Navajo
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