Roy Talahaftewa was born in the second Mesa village of Shungopovi in 1955. The clan he was born into is known as the water clan, hence his use of a water bug as his hallmark. Roy graduated from the Sherman Indian Boarding school in Riverside California prior to attending the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe New Mexico. After graduation he continued his training at the Hopi Craftsman guild. Roy is famed for his three dimensional overlay work that he creates by making and using his own stamps. The result is a style like no other. He is represented in museum collections world wide. He has won best of show at the Heard Museum and the Santa Fe Indian Market. Today, he ranks as one of the finest Hopi Jewelers in the world.
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