Colleen Talahytewa

Colleen Talahytewa

Born in 1968 in Moenkopi, Colleen Talahytewa is still very young, but she has made a name as a kachina-doll carver, besides being a wife and the mother of six small children.

Colleen was introduced to kachina-doll carving by her family while she was growing up.  Her father, Stacy Talahytewa, has carved dolls for sale for thirty years, providing all the family’s income from his work.  Stacy carves arms and legs separately, glues them to the body of the carved doll, and adorns the heads with chicken or turkey feathers.  His dolls are relatively small and are painted over the whole body.  Colleen’s mother, Louise, is from Cochiti Pueblo in New Mexico, where women do not carve kachina dolls.  All five brothers and six of Colleen’s seven sisters carve kachina dolls.  Colleen and her brothers and sisters grew up seeing their parents carve for an income, so it was natural for her to pick up the craft when she was in her teens and to earn money from it.

Her dolls are larger than her father’s - about ten inches high - and they are very well proportioned and finely executed and painted.  She uses linseed oil to close the pores of the wood and then paints over it with acrylic paints, leaving some parts, such as the kilt, unpainted to simulate the light color of cotton.  Like her father, she carves arms and legs separately and glues them to the body.  The only organic material she uses is chicken feathers on top of the head.  Colleen goes with her family to shows and Indian markets to sell her dolls or sells them directly to buyers who come to her house.

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Finding the right size bracelet for your wrist has always been a tricky endeavor, since, unlike rings, there isn't a standardized, universal sizing chart for wrist size. One reason for this is that we all have different shaped wrists, some of us have round wrists, while others have more oval. Bracelets, like wrists, also have different shapes.

So, while bracelet sizing will never be an exact science, we've done what we can to ensure the greatest chance of a comfortable fit. The best thing you can do if you don't know your wrist size is to take a soft measuring tape and loosely measure the circumference of your wrist at the point you plan on wearing it. Try not to have the measuring tape dig into your skin, as this will result in a smaller than ideal size. Once you have the circumference of your wrist, compare it to the chart below to find the correct bracelet size. If your wrist measures in-between two sizes, we recommend rounding up to the larger size. (ie: if your wrist measures 6.375"- you should shop for size "Medium" bracelets.)

 Wrist Circumference

Corresponding Bracelet Size











6.75" - 7"











You may want to drill down further on the bracelet sizing to make sure the cuff is a comfortable fit. You will notice on our website that we generally list four measurements for bracelets:

Keep in mind that certain bracelets can be adjusted slightly to fit your wrist, but those with inlay or stones all the way around will be damaged if bent. In any case, it is always best to check with with us to see if a particular bracelet is adjustable.

Lastly, have no fear! If you order a bracelet that doesn't fit, send it back for one that does! We want this to be a positive experience, you should never wear something that isn't 100% comfortable. More on our return policy here.


Sizing belt buckles is pretty straightforward. The height and width are self-explanatory, and the belt width describes the maximum belt width the buckle will fit on.

Concha Belts

We try to include the height and width for the conchas, as well as the buckle (if different), and the width of the belt they are on. The length of the concha belts can be less important, because these belts are often made quite long to accommodate many waist sizes, and then can be shortened to fit the wearer. If you are concerned whether or not a belt will fit you, just ask. We are happy to size most of our concha belts before shipping.