Photos: Creating a silver lining

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CSI Media Staff | February 16, 2017

Award-winning Navajo silversmiths Allison Snowhawk Lee and Trent Lee, father and son, shared their talent and expertise with an advanced metals class at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Feb. 9.

The lecture and workshop were held in the Greenhill Center for the Arts.

Allison was born in 1958 in the heart of Navajo homeland and attended boarding school through eighth grade, where he received his last name, while Snowhawk is his grandmother's name.

He got involved in silversmithing in a high school art class. He apprenticed with many master silversmiths and in 1977 earned the Most Artistic award in a class of 160.

Allison has passed his traditions and skills onto his three sons, including Trent, who recently was awarded his own space at the Indian Market at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.


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