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‘A dirty job’

‘A dirty job’

Female silversmith makes elegant jewelry to accentuate wearer

Neeko April Garcia, from Shiprock, was encouraged by her grandparents four years ago to learn silverwork.

At first, she was just beading coral and turquoise necklaces, which her customers liked because her designs were different.

“One day, my grandma and grandpa were telling me about how silversmithing runs in our family and how they wish that one of the grandchildren or someone would pick it up,” Garcia said. “I kind of just tested myself.”

This skill skipped a generation and Garcia decided she wanted to try her hand at it. At the time, she was living in Los Angeles working in the film industry. So, she got together what money she had and bought supplies.

“I instantly fell in love,” she said. “It was an escape.”

Garcia had left her job in the film industry and was going through a transitional period. Working on pieces was how she coped with her anxiety and depression.

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About The Author

Pauly Denetclaw

Pauly Denetclaw is Meadow People born for Towering House People. She was raised in Manuelito and Naschitti, New Mexico. She was the co-recipient of the Native American Journalist Association's 2016 Richard LaCourse Award for Investigative Reporting. Denetclaw is currently finishing her degree in multimedia journalism from the University of New Mexico - Main. Denetclaw covers a range of topics including genetic research, education, health, social justice issues and small businesses. She loves coffee, writing and being with her family. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Her handle is @pdineclah


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