Arizona Indian Living Treasures Awards

To Honor the Cultures of Arizona Native American Tribes

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Sheldon Swick

Mr. Sheldon Swick is a Mohave elder who has dedicated his life to perpetuating the Mohave language and culture within the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) community. Mr. Swick has shared his knowledge with the Tribal Council, community schools, as well as the CRIT Library and Museum since the 1980s. The community has benefitted greatly from Mr. Swick’s knowledge of Mohave spirituality, land, water and cultural history. On numerous occasions, the CRIT Council has asked him to apply his knowledge of Mohave language and culture to serve as an advisor to them. Mr.

Royce Manuel

As an enrolled tribal member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Mr. Manuel is an individual who has long played an important role in perpetuating cultural knowledge within the tribal nation by service to the O’odham People. Mr. Manuel maintains the distinction of keeping the Calendar Stick. Today, he continues to record and initiate collaborative projects that will engage the O’odham sister tribes in creative strategies of integrating the Calendar Stick concepts into wellness, math, science and critical learning.

José Enriquez

Mr. Enriquez, a member of the Tohono O’Odham Nation, has been instrumental in preserving language and culture throughout his community. His storytelling ability has helped preserve the Tohono O’Odham culture and history within the community. Mr. Enriquez’s participation in community events enhances community knowledge regarding tribal beliefs and life ways. He often serves as a mentor for cultural events throughout the community and is willing to donate his time to ensure the success of the community. Mr. Enriquez’s knowledge is based on the legacy of his elders and family.

Teddy Draper, Sr.

Teddy Draper, Sr., is a Navajo Code Talker. A Navajo tribal member, Mr. Draper was born in Canyon Del Muerto, Arizona. He currently resides in the community of Chinle, Arizona. During WW II, Mr. Draper employed the Navajo language in service of his community and the United States. Mr. Draper fought in the battle of Iwo Jima. He received a Purple Heart as well as the U.S. Congressional Silver Medal. As one of the Navajo Code Talkers, Mr. Draper has made countless appearances and presentations across the nation.

Mary H. Begay

Mary H. Begay has been weaving since the age of 14. She a member of the Navajo Nation and resides in her home community of Ganado, Arizona. Mrs. Begay has dedicated her life to perfecting her skills and making an impact in her community, tribal nation, and worldwide through the art of traditional rug weaving. For over 35 years, Mary Begay provided Navajo rug weaving demonstrations for the public at Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site. Each day Mrs. Begay would weave and answer questions from visitors about the art of Navajo weaving.

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Previous AILTA Recipients

James Peshlakai
Craft: language master, Silversmith, singer
Tribe: Navajo
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