Dinah Gasper born in 1944 and is the daughter of renowned Zuni carver Teddy Weahkee. The Weahkee family is considered the oldest Zuni family to carve Zuni Fetishes. Teddy Weahkee worked directly with C.G. Wallace in the early 20th century as is considered to be one of Zuni’s most famous carvers along with Leekya Deyuse.
Dinah Gasper has had a long and acclaimed career with her late husband, Pete. Pete and Dinah are credited with being the first Zuni carvers to inlay heartlines into animals. They often carved water animals, including turtles, frogs and fish. Even though Pete has now passed, Dinah continues to make amazing, one-of-a-kind fetishes and fetish necklaces. Dinah’s carving is so delicate and exquisite, she is considered the premier Zuni artist for hand carved Fetish necklaces.
Dinah Dinah is soft spoken with a big heart. She is very involved with her Zuni tribe. Her daughter Debra is carrying on with her parents’ traditions, and has become an accomplished artist herself.