Tribe: San Felipe

Kathleen Sanchez, She-u-tani, was born and raised in San Felipe Pueblo. She is a designer of jewelry and turquoise. Most of her designs are inspired by and based on her Pueblo heritage.

Kathleen has been working alongside Silver Sun’s silversmiths for years. This collaboration has resulted in many unique, outstanding, one-of-a-kind pieces. Once in a while, a piece will come with a beautiful poem from the heart, evoked by either the design or the turquoise itself.

“Family, friends and my Pueblo are very important to me, “ she says. She has a huge extended family in the Pueblo, including close brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews. She has two grown children and three grandkids. “I participate in the Pueblo culture and dances. I am very happy when my family is part of this too.”

Kathleen has been with Silver Sun for over 36 years. She is now part owner, production manager, and buyer. Kathleen graduated from the University of New Mexico with a B.A. in American Studies and a minor in German.