Melanie Gonzales

Description of Art: Natural stone jewelry, Choctaw beaded earrings, painting, sketching

Artist Biography: I am a New Mexican born Choctaw descendant of Nateka Folsom of the Kush Iksa. Our family oral history states she is the older sister of Pushmataha. My Choctaw lineage has been through the women of my family and have always been proud of our heritage. Our family has always been very close to nature and spent every summer in the mountains and lakes. I grew up loving the land and a complete rock hound! I have turned my love of rocks into natural one of a kind jewelry. Learning and making Choctaw jewelry to continue and pass on our heritage.