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Maria & Victor Godines (Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon)

Maria Godines, whose Native American name is Mnuwai Ayat (Kind Woman), lives on the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon. Maria makes jewelry and bags that demonstrate her expertise in using many materials and techniques of traditional Columbia River Native beadwork. When she was six years old, Maria began learning beadwork arts from her older sister, Joan Selam Greeley. Maria’s husband Victor Godines creates the dreamcatchers featured here. Victor was raised in the state of Oaxaca in Mexico, where he learned all the skills necessary to produce—entirely by hand—eight-foot yolks that fit on the oxen that farmers used to plow their corn.