(Born 1957, Navajo) Cheyenne (Diane Lynn) Jim is a full blooded Native American Indian. She was raised with a rich Navajo cultural tradition. At the age of six, she accompanied her grandmother, who is a "medicine woman", to a Yei bi Cheii ceremony (a nine night winter ceremony of the Navajo People, where dozens of deities are presented each night wearing masks).
This made a great impact on the young Cheyenne. She is a self-taught artisan from observation. Although, she works predominately with mica clay, her subjects and themes are varied. Cheyenne's unique style of art is far from traditional. She is not, nor does she want to be limited by tradition. She was quoted as saying "A true artist has no tradition to follow, only the freedom to create and be innovative." All of Cheyenne's art is handmade and hand painted from start to finish. She signs her art as "Cheyenne Jim".