Ronnie Willie, Navajo
Ronnie Ray Willie learned silversmithing from his oldest brother, Lonnie. In addition to jewelry, he makes kachinas and does sandpainting, sandcasting, rock sculpture, and wood-carving. Ronnie Willie works as a silversmith five days a week in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He often makes his own tools and particularly enjoys working on antique bracelets and concho belts. He enjoys creating new designs and practices his art is his free time. It is important to him to keep his culture's traditions alive. Ronnie Willie has four children and his youngest son Dakota is also making jewelry.