Mark Chee was an important traditional Navajo silversmith who made heavy stamped Navajo jewelry using only a saw, torch, mallet and stamps. Mark was born in a sheep camp on the Navajo reservation at Lukachukai, Arizona sometime in the early 1900’s. Mark’s first job was polishing silver at Gan’s on the Plaza in Santa Fee for $5 a week. He became an accomplished silversmith very quickly using mostly tools he made himself. He also worked as a bench smith for Frank Patania and Al Packard. His jewelry was in the 2002 exhibition “Jewels of the Southwest”.


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