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Artist's Profile
Tribal Affilation:
Santo Domingo
Althea grew up in Santo Domingo Pueblo and attended high school in Santa Fe, NM. After graduating from St. Catherine’s High
School she attended the University of New Mexico and was hired by the Indian Health Service and worked for them for almost 20
Permanent Collections:
Methods and Style of Work:
My understanding of my creativity is that it can be a deeper expression from my soul. My experience in creating jewelry is that I am
continually learning who I am and what I can do. When I visualize a piece, I am inspired to create it. From creating it, I learn
patience and acceptance; the patience to allow each process to take the time necessary, and to accept that it may not become
exactly as I visualize. In this process, however, lies the potential of it becoming something even more beautiful than I imagined
Signature or Hallmark:
About The Artist:
Althea Cajero is from the Pueblos of Santo Domingo and Acoma, in New Mexico. Her mother, Dorothy Tortalita, was a full-time
silversmith, and her father, Tony Tortalita, was a lapidary jeweler, and is now a tribal leader of Santo Domingo Pueblo. Her parents
made their living creating art and selling their work under the Governor’s Palace in Santa Fe and at art shows. Her appreciation for
art came from growing up and being around it. She knew that one day art would be apart of her life, not really knowing whether it
would be through collecting, selling, or creating it.
Althea Cajero
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Friday, February 17, 2012
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