Harry is famous for his Navajo Lady woodcarvings modeled after his mother. He sells woodcarvings and jewelry on a full-time basis in art shows all over the West. Harry also carves animal figures such as goats, horses, donkeys, lamas, and nativity scenes.
- Harry and Isabelle Benally
P.O. Box 1034
Sheep Springs, NM 87364
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Harry’s Art is shown at Museums and Native American Art Shows all over the West
He also carves animal figures and Navajo Lady in alabaster rocks. Harry is a silversmith too in the old traditional style. He cut his own turquoise rocks and polishes them. Harry loves his work and spends many a late night wood shed. Harry Benally is noted for his fine woodcarvings and silversmith work.Harry’s Benally’s recent sculpture commission in Litchfield Park, Arizona March 2010. Carved from a 7 foot Ash tree stump.
Harry is a self-taught Navajo Artist born in Shiprock, New Mexico in 1951 on the Navajo reservation. He is a member of the Salt (Ashiihi) clan and born from the Towering House Clan. Harry now lives in Sheep Springs NM 45 miles north of Gallup, 6 miles down a dirt road off highway 666 where he grew up.Harry Benally’s Current Carvings for Sale
Call me at (505) 360-1543 for current pricing and what I have in stock. – Harry
Featured in Native Peoples Magazine Nov/Dec 2007Harry Benally’s Nativity set in Native Peoples Magazine Nov/Dec 2007
In Harry Benally’s Nativity sets, the infant Jesus lies snugly in a cradleboard and one of the Kings’ gifts is a sack of Bluebird flour-so Mary can make frybread. “Everything I do has to do with the DinÃ© (Navajo) way of life after the Long Walk,” explains Benally, a DinÃ© wood-carver from Sheep Springs, New Mexico. The 57-year-old artist remembers how people on the reservation dressed when he was growing up, with 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 DinÃ© 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 dinelady.com.
Native Peoples Magazine
November/December 2007 page 39
Dine’ LadyMae Dentclaw Benally (Harry’s Mother)
Harrys mother was a renowned rug weaver, and it was from her that he learned a keen sense of design. He also learned patience and the importance of paying attention to detail, as all are requirements in creating high quality woodcarvings and jewelry.
He has been carving juniper and cottonwood roots, aspen trees for about 18 years. Harry being a self taught artist has his own unique of carving Navajo Ladyâ€™s and Men, all one of a kind which collectors have bought all over the west.
Harry, Mother, Aunt and Uncle
Harry and Isabelle Benally’s Home
in Sheep Springs, NM
Come visit us. See the creation of his works from start to finish. It is a complex process that requires skill, patience and many hours of work.