Joanne Hunter of Chinle, Arizona, is a Navajo artist who uses her family’s traditional Navajo rug designs in bead work. Her beaded necklaces pass on stories through patterns and hold significant spiritual stories. She has past down her knowledge to her daughter who now carries on this new family tradition. Joanne is a 2019 recipient of the Southwest Folklife Alliance Master-Apprentice Award.
Photo by Steven Meckler