This necklace was made by Navajo artist Nanibaa Beck and features Navajo words hand-sawn in sterling silver. Nizhóní means “beautiful, good” in Diné Bizaad (the Navajo language).
These distinctive and unique pieces speak to the continuation of Native American and Indigenous languages. Beck explains, "There is a very impressive and vibrant group of people who are speaking and learning our Native languages. So I feel these necklaces are powerful adornments to assist in engaging others and connecting ourselves with those stories.”
Originally from Pinon, AZ, and currently residing in Central NY, Nanibaa Beck was exposed to contemporary Native American art and practice from an early age. Her upbringing within a traditional family of weavers, painters, and jewelers assisted in nurturing an appreciation for the varied aesthetics of Native art and for the unique way of life it provides to many Native artists. Beck created her own jewelry line, NOTABOVE, in 2013, after 20+ years of assisting master Navajo silversmith and father, Victor Beck, Sr.