Nanibaa Beck is a 2nd generation Dine (Navajo) jeweler. At 13, she was an assistant to her father, Victor Beck, Sr., and learned fundamental jewelry skills, like how to fabricate metals and to inlay stones. During her academic years, she studied anthropology and museum studies. Her background includes work and fellowships with renown museums and organizations, like the Heard Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the Arizona Humanities Council. Through it all, her focus remains connected to the vibrant Native creative community.
In November 2013, Nanibaa founded NotAbove. Her a-ha moment to pursue jewelry occurred after a small thank you card project sparked the idea for the original language necklaces. The hand-sawn minimal jewelry collection’s focus on native indigenous languages fulfilled a unique niche in the native art market. And, today, NotAbove/ Nanibaa Beck Designs is a reflection of Native creative expressions and the growth of an Dine Asdzaa (Navajo woman) as a designer.
She continues to grow in her work today. She received the 2018 First People Fund Artist In Business Leadership Fellowship and the School of American Research’s Ronald and Susan Dubin Native Artist Fellowship and Artist in Residency.