Mark Chee

Mark Chee, Navajo, b. early 1900's, Lukachkai, AZ.

After attending the Fort Defiance boarding school from age 10 through the 11th grade, Mark moved to Santa Fe and began his career by polishing stones for $5.00 a week. He became a well known and important silversmith working as a benchsmith for Frank Patania as well as Al Packard. Mark worked from the 1930's to 1960's, and his jewelry is easily recognizable by its heavy silver, stampwork, set stones and the stamp of his last name Chee in a bird. In addition to wearable jewelry, Mark also made silver flatware sets.

By marrying a woman from San Juan (Ohkay Owingeh) Pueblo, Mark's influence is carried on today by such artists as Mike Bird Romero.