Dennis and Nancy Edaakie are one of the most respected and celebrated couples in all of Zuni art. Dennis was born on January 24th, 1931 in Zuni, New Mexico of the Parrot Clan. Nancy was born on February 4th, 1937 in Zuni, of the Frog Clan. There are among the “Old Masters” of the Fine Art of Mosaic Inlay. Their exquisite workmanship not only refers to their precious stone inlay, but also to their gold and silver work.
Their sterling silver and genuine gemstone inlay bird pins and pendants are some of the most sought after pieces in Native American Indian jewelry. Much of their jewelry is made from sterling silver, turquoise, jet, mother of pearl, abalone, and coral. The Edaakie’s pieces are well known as being excellently hand-crafted; from their silver and gold technique to their impeccable inlay. They have passed the torch to their sons, who are trying to carry on their parents traditions. Dennis passed away close to Memorial Day of 2008, and Nancy is no longer producing jewelry. Their work will truly be appreciated by the world over for years to come!