Thursday, January 29, 2015

The land I love

Side mirror view of Navajo reservation lands.
Photo by Venaya Yazzie
I feel so very fortunate to be give the ability to trek freely on my Navajo homelands. As an artist and cultural educator I have opportunities to see the beauty of the desert and mountain range lands of the the Navajo people.

In the 21st century I do not ride a horse or pull a horse-drawn wagon, but instead travel to and fro in my modern 'Indian' vehicle. As Native people we are still drawn to be nomadic and trek daily across the vast lands of our Navajo ancestors. The land is our heart, the land is our mother, we for the most part respect her.

I am thankful for what I have to see and experience in my little corner of the world.

Iina' Cafe

Iina' Cafe menu.
Photo by Venaya Yazzie

If you are ever in Window Rock, AZ a must visit is the small cafe located inside the Navajo Nation Musuem. The staff is wonderful and the vanilla latte's are right on!

Window Rock, AZ

Though I am a resident of the eastern Dine' reservation I sometimes have to trek to the capital of the Navajo Nation which is located in Window Rock, AZ. A quick visit to the rock formation 'window' rock is a must.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Silver and turquoise pendant

Silver and turquoise pendant with silver chain
Photo by Venaya Yazzie 2015
Sunday is always a good day for me to catch up with life. Today has been good to me, as I have been able to sift through some of my newly acquired jewelry items. Such items were acquired over the span of a few months, and many of my jewelry pieces were 'gifted' to me during the holiday season.

This pendant pictured is one that I was given by a wonderful friend of mine during the new year. From the first look I this pendant has become my favored piece of jewelry, and I have worn it nearly everyday since I got. The stone itself is a beautiful color of azure and has a good matrix through it. I adore the way the turquoise stone is cut into a rectangle, and it is flat it sits nicely upon my lower neck region.

This jewelry piece represents the most respectful extension of Indigenous friendship, or I could say Indigenous 'sisterhood.' For, I was given the opportunity to sew regalia for a good friend, and this pendant of given as an extension of her thankfulness and appreciation for my efforts. I believe we will both wear our Indigenous cultural items with happiness as we think of our friendship.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Blessed to be a part of Indigenous Adornment community

Venaya and her 'family' at Hozhoni Days Powwow
in Durango, CO

In my reflection of the past year I have been overwhelmed by the goodness of people. My family, and my friends have and continually bless my life in every way.

I have gained the most amazing family in my friends from Durango, Colorado. Because of them I have been reminded of my cultural blessings and the abundance of knowledge that we share. Becuase of this group of unique individuals I cherish the smallest details of life in the 21st century in the life, lives of Indigenous women.

Through the dialogue and discussions in the concepts of Indigenous Adornment, our relationships and respect for each of us is heightened, such ties become links that will never be broken.

I thank Creator God for His blessings in my friends: Clancey, Aretha, Jackie, Sarah and her beautiful daughter. They have made my life more beauty-ful.

Big River Cree - Jingle Dress Side Step song

Happy New Year!

I have a blessing to share.

This link will take you the most beauty-ful of song performed by a Cree powwow drum group.

The top of my new year's resolution list is that I will dance more in the powwow circle.
I am a Jingle Dress dancer and this song is one that is created to showcase the dance style called
'Side Step.'

Please follow link. Be blessed by it and enjoy!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas blessings and adornment

Venaya Yazzie and her 'masani, Jane Werito Yazzie
Photo courtesy of FPL
This is a wonderful season for family. It is also a time for the wonder of cultural adornment. I was blessed to have shared this moment with my loving grand-mother/ mother as we share the presentation of Navajo String Games on the reservation in Shiprock, NM.

We share stories and game techniques with the community and the children.

Pueblo Male Adornment

/Pueblo Man Adornment
Photo by Venaya Yazzie 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014

Yazzgrl Art


Today is a 'beauty-ful' day, the winter birds are singing their morning songs, the western clouds are heavy with rain and the chilly early air is misty; New Mexico is truly blessed.

With this post, I just wanted to share my new website with you. I had previously  launched my official art website at ( but, due to circumstances I not longer have access to that address. This site is one I am still building, but you will still be able to visit and view my pages there. The only difference with this new site address is that I have added an "s" to the end of it.

The new site can be located at
As an artist I must be proactive, therefore I have had created a new website which is exclusively to show my contemporary fine art paintings and conceptual art installations.

Please share with your circle of family and friends, and or those you might enjoy my art.

Be blessed, be a blessing. -Venaya

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Venaya Yazzie and her Ke'staal - Women's Moccasins

Navajo style women's moccasins
Photo by Venaya Yazzie
Within the strong communities across Indian Country, the word has been out that all Indigenous people should, 'rock your mocs.' This was meant to be done within the month of November, which is designated as 'National Native American  Heritage Month.' So, across social media and within the campus of many universities a plethora of Generation X'ers and Millennials, and also manycollege students have been sporting their unique tribal moccasins as a way of showing pride in their identity as 21st century Indigenous peoples.

I truly believe We as Indigenous people should wear our tribal regalia and Our tribal footwear every chance we get! The moccasins pictured here are my own Navajo-style women's moccasins, which are called ke'tsaal, 'big shoes.' Most though refer to this style of moccasins as 'wraps.' These moccasins are made with cow and deer hides and are dyed a reddish-brown color. The shoes itself is permanently attached to a large piece of white deer hide, which when worn is wrapped around the ankle and calf of the woman.

Via Navajo oral tradition, it is said that the women wore this type of moccasin so in their nomadic treks their legs and feet would be protected from the flora and fauna as they walked.