SHIMA' of Navajoland
UTO Hand-crafted Sterling Silver Crosses
We are so pleased to be able to offer beautiful silver UTO crosses and introduce you to our silver artist, Lester James, from Gallup, New Mexico. He is making beautiful crosses using the design taken from the grave stone of Julia Chester Emory, the founder.
We met Lester last summer at the Inter-tribal Ceremonial Pow Wow. He had just won the top award as "Best of Show" for his silver concho belt. We might not have introduced ourselves to such a famous person - except his booth was right next to ours! Paula was selling soap and Lester was taking orders for his silver art. He is known throughout New Mexico and the Southwest.
For our crosses he starts with a luffa and carves the design. He even carved in tiny letters UTO on the front of each cross. Each is individually made and signed by him. Each also has the mark that assures it is sterling silver.
We are offering the crosses in two sizes: two- and three-inches long. Thank you for your support of United Thank Offering, The Episcopal Church of Navajoland Area Mission, and of Native Navajo artists .