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Hand-Carved Wood Navajo Nativity Set by Harry Benally
by Harry Benally
9 Pieces by One of a Kind

Each piece height is about 3-5 inches

Navajo Nativity Set

Navajo Nativity Set

Navajo Nativity Set

Navajo Nativity Set

Navajo Nativity Set


Featured in Native Peoples Magazine
November/December 2007

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In Harry Benally's Nativity sets, the infant Jesus lies snugly in a cradleboard and one of the
ICngs' gifts is a sack of Bluebird flour-so Mary can make frybread. "Everything I do has to
do with the Dine (Navajo) way of life after the Long Watk_," explains Benally, a Din6 wood-
carver from Sheep Springs, New Mexico. The 57-year-old artist remembers how people on the
ieset vation dressed when he was growing up, vAth hair buns and velvet shirts. So that's how
his Nativity figures look.
Benally's first Navajo-style carving, inspired by his mother, was called Dine Lady, which is
also the name of his art business. Some of his six-inch- to five-foot-tall Nativity figures, with
eyes reverently closed, are carved in cottonwood root and sanded and painted in fine detail by
his wife, Isabelle. With other sets, Benally burns the designs into oiled, unpainted juniper
wood. His work is on view at the Christmas Shop in Albuquerque and at

Native Peoples Magazine November/December 2007 page 39


This item is a Museum quality Wood Carving by Harry Benally

Harry Benally was invited again to exhibit his wood carvings at the Heard Museum's Navajo Folk Art Festival in Phoenix, Arizona. The Heard Museum is the foremost showcase of Native American art and culture in the United States.
He was one of only 30 selected from over thousands of artists on the Navajo reservation to appear at this art festival.

Heard Museum's  Navajo Folk Art Festival
Harry and Isabelle Benally at Sundance, Utah Harvest Fair

He was also invited to exhibit has wood carvings at the Arizona State Museum's Annual Southwest Indian Art Fair and the 49th Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market

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About Navajo Arts:
Navajo Arts is dedicated to showcasing Authentic Navajo Rugs, Native American Art and Crafts, Navajo Indian Jewelry, Carvings, and other items from artists that live on the Navajo reservation.
All of our items are made by members of the Navajo Nation.

We buy most of our items direct from the artists or weavers on the Navajo reservation. Some Items are bought from Trading Posts and at Navajo rug auctions held on the reservation. Many of the Navajo artists, to pay for their needs, will sell their items to pawn shops getting only about 10% to 40% of what they sell for in stores.



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Hand-Carved Wood Navajo Nativity Set


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