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Ed Natiya (b. 1972)  Artworks >>

Navajo artist and sculptor, Ed Natiya Saxon, comes from a very proud and noble heritage. His Navajo name, Natiya, was given to him at birth and means 'everywhere; all over; at once'. A family name, it was passed down to him from his late grandfather, Harding Natiya Negale, who served as a Navajo Code Talker during WWII. Ed Natiya's grandmother, Glenna Negale, was a medicine woman and a distinguished and honored Navajo rug weaver. His great grandfather, Manuelito Begay, was a well known medicine man and a tribal counselor for the Crown Point area in northwest New Mexico. Natiya's great-great grandfather, Bullet Manuelito, was one of the last four chiefs of the Navajo before Kit Carson gathered his people for the historic 'Long Walk' to Fort Sumner, New Mexico. Now, following in the footsteps of his rich and diverse legacy, Ed Natiya is devoting himself to becoming a Native American artist. Born in 1972, Natiya's talent for art was encouraged early on in his life. From the time he was a small child, his mother, Mary 'Ah-so-bah' Saxon, who herself is an Navajo potter, taught Natiya the fine art craft of making and designing traditional southwest pottery and figurines. It was through the use of these bask earthen materials that Natiya's love for art and sculpture first became manifest. Throughout his schooling, teachers and administrators continued to help him develop his skills and even encouraged him to enter a few art competitions. After winning several awards and with his confidence built, Natiya decided to continue his study of art and art history at the University of New Mexico wherein he received his 'Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art'. Following graduation, Natiya began to pursue a career in art seriously. However, as many artists can tell you, the road to success is not an easy one. In order to support his growing family, Natiya worked for many years as manager of a local art supply store, while at night honing his talent and skills to produce wonderful works of art. Never having given up on his dream, his perseverance has been well rewarded. He now sculpts full-time and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his two daughters, Ivory and Avonlee. Natiya's strong Navajo roots have kept him grounded as well as inspired within creation. He feels there is still much to be told about the wisdom of long ago and the genuine nature of native peoples. Their wisdom and integrity, gratitude for life and their deep connection with nature are only a few of the teachings Natiya learned to value at a very young age. He strives to convey these simple yet powerful truths through his artwork and continues to this day to speak to the hearts of viewers young and old. Natiya's sculptures radiate with life, love and beauty. Through his use of clay and bronze casting, Ed Natiya hopes to capture the true essence of his people from a very genuine perspective, to sculpt their stories and native wisdom as it once was. SOURCE

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