"Karl (Kee) Nataani was born in Farmington, New Mexico. His grandmother’s uncle was Beshligai (the name means “white metal”), one of the original Navajo Native American silversmiths from the 1860's.
A self-taught artist, Karl found inspiration in the old concha designs. His first jewelry-making started in the 1970's in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he created squash blossom necklaces.
Karl with his wife Karen utilize both traditional and non-traditional materials, unique designs, and innovative techniques. Karl, inspired by the late 1800's techniques, continues to make his silver star button designs using old files. He implements gold into some of his designs as well, giving them a more modern edge." taken from Garland's
Karl and Karen Nataani live on a ranch with horses, sheep, and cattle. Their son continues on the family art work through his welding designs.