Dzabahe Jewelry began as a hobby based project and is now a native style, business owned and operated by jewelry makers who are all enrolled members of the Navajo nation. The artists are/were of three generations; Grandmother Phoebe (92 yrs), mother Bessie (76 yrs) and daughter Betina (56 yrs), all of the Hashkaan Hadzohi clan and finally, son-in-law Aaron (46 yrs). We take pride in maintaining traditions and culture, which is represented in the beautiful style jewelry we create. The jewelry creations represent traditional, contemporary and modern southwest fashion with an emphasis on Navajo (Dineh) style.
The Primary Artists
Bessie Smith (Dzabahe) was born around January 12th, 1942 and raised on the Diné reservation, halfway between Leupp and Tuba City, Arizona. She was born into Hashkáán Hadzohí (yucca fruit plant) clan, born for Bįįhbitodní clan (deer water), and paternal grandfather of Kiyáání (tower house people) clan, and maternal grandfather ofTłeziłaní (manygoats) clan. She was raised in a traditional Diné way of life. Bessie has been designing and making jewelry for over 25 years. After her retirement from the state over 20 years ago, she began beading necklaces as a hobby and slowly became a hobby to socialize and vend at powwows/gatherings. She currently works on a part time basis as a consultant to agencies who are in need of Navajo interpretation services throughout the State of Colorado. She is actively participating with our travels to sell jewelry at national conferences.
Betina Smith was born, raised and resides in Denver, Colorado. She is of Hashkáán Hadzohí clan (yucca fruit plant). After 30 years with the State of Colorado, she retired to focus on health and well being. Her interest in jewelry making and traveling has been combined and took the jewelry vending business on the road and makes it a traveling experience! She has been dabbling with jewelry making for over 25 years and now has the opportunity to focus on developing and improving her jewelry making skills. She created and developed this website to increase the exposure of what they do in addition to being informative and provide an opportunity for purchasing their jewelry, Betina is also a part-time consultant.
Grandma Phoebe, Untissie Dohe, was born around August 22nd, 1926, somewhere along the Dinehbito Wash, on the Dineh Land. Her mother was Tolly (Twilleh) and father was Bael Dohe (gun man) also known as Jack McCabe. She is of Hashkáán Hadzohí clan, born to Tłeziłaní (many goats) clan. Her name Phoebe was given to her by the US government because they couldn’t pronounce her name. In her younger years, Phoebe weaved beautiful Navajo rugs. She became popular for many years at the Friday Tuba City flea market with her yummy burritos. She can no longer make those burritos but her "burrito legacy" remains! Phoebe currently resides in Flagstaff, AZ; she can no longer make her beautiful jewelry, however, we are blessed to still have her jewelry makings for sale on this website!