Michael Dean Jenkins

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Michael Dean Jenkins

Michael Dean Jenkins, who is also known as Dean Michaels, is noted for his one-piece Kachina carvings in a very unique style.  He uses very soft hues and muted colors to achieve a beautiful finish.  Michael has the skills to create dolls that have a fine surface treatment to the wood.

Michael Dean Jenkins is truly known for his perfectly carved anatomy.  He is so particular about including every muscle that he used to use his nephew as a model in the position of the doll.  Since his nephew recently went back to the reservation, Michael now sits in front of a mirror and uses himself as the model. 

Michael is an award-winning carver and is featured throughout “The Art of the Hopi.”  He has already one multiple first place and best of division titles in 1997 and in 2000.