Friday, January 12th — 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 13th – 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 14th – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Meet Sandra Quandelacy and her niece, Kateri Quandelacy Sanchez during this special event at Gathering Tribes. The Quandelacy family of carvers is widely known and respected due to the exquisite fetishes they have been creating for generations.
Sandra started carving at a very early age, as did most of her siblings including Andres, Faye, Georgia, Albenita, Avery and Stewart. She started out using deer antlers that her older brothers would bring home from their hunts. Later in her early teen years her mother, Ellen, taught Sandra and her older brother the art of silversmithing which she did until the early 90s. Lucky for us, she switched back to carving maidens and other animals.
Kateri is Sandra’s niece and the daughter of Georgia Quandelacy. She began carving corn maidens at age nine with the help of her Aunt Faye. “My mom tried teaching me to carve bears and turtles, but I loved the corn maiden”, commented Kateri,”I became serious about carving at the age of 21 and applied to Indian Market in 2007 on my own… I won 1st place that year and also 1st place at Gallup Ceremonial -2007. Most recently, Kateri was awarded first place at the Santa Fe Indian Market. At the 56th Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market competition in spring of 2015, Kateri won 1st and 2nd place for her incredible carvings.
“Animal carvings are very new for me; I started doing frogs last year and sort of branched out...a few buffaloes and then the owls and bears. Owls, have since, become my absolute favorite thing to carve, but I still love the corn maidens because they're what I started with.“