Philander Begay grew up in Tuba City, Arizona near the Hopi village of Hotevilla in a family of jewelers noted for their fine one of a kind castings. Carving intricate scenes of Navajo and Pueblo life combined with fine natural turquoise, the family has created some of the most collected pieces of contemporary Native American jewelry. Philander is the brother of noted jeweler Darryl Dean, who was his mentor and teacher. Bobby and Tim Begay were early influences in his unique style, as was Kenneth Begay.
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