Vern Mahkee

Vern Mahkee

Verne Mahkee was born on November 13th, 1963 to Mary and Courtney in Tuba City. He was raised partly in Flagstaff then later moved up to Old Oraibi at Hopi. He makes very fine Hopi Kachinas usually out of one piece of wood.  Verne taught himself how to carve and has been carving for 20 years.

He went to Phoenix Indian High School where he first started winning awards for his artwork. It was there that he won a plaque from Rio Salado for his art in 1982. He has since won awards at Gallup Ceremonial and at the Santa Fe Indian Market.

Verne gives credit to Alvin James, his uncle, for helping to teach him and also his great uncle’s family. He also gives credit to his high school art teacher, Winton Coles, for helping him with his art.

Verne takes inspiration from his art form and the tradition that inspires his work. “I say this given talent has its roots within all and I would like my artwork to merit on its own. I am proud to say that Hopi is where my heart is. I have had some of the best teachers, Alvin James (uncle) and my great uncle’s family. Last but not least, high school art teacher Winton Coles. I know Delbridge Honanie as also being another of his pupils. I hope to bring the best in cottonwood art to light. Thank you, Vern Mahkee, Corn Clan, Old Oraibi, AZ.”


Although the best way to test the size and fit of a piece of jewelry is to try it on in the store, we know that is not always an option. In an effort to help you choose the piece that is right for you, we have included measurements of each piece on the website. Here is how our measurements are defined:


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.