Rod Velarde, Jicarilla Apache
I am of the Ollero
Clan, I was raised on the
Jicarilla Apache Reservation by my
My grandfather's people influenced me a lot in my
designs. He is of the San Indefonso Pueblo Nation
in northern New
My grandmother is Jicarilla and was a
From them I learned how simple life can be. We went
to town to get supplies in a wagon pulled
took two days.
I attended formal schooling in the Dulce
until the 5th grade. From there I finished my
in northern Utah, and graduated in 1973.
I speak my native language, fluent
Spanish, and English.
My designs that you see reflects many
I try to use other designs from other
nations. From the
pyramids of central Mexico to the land of Chile
South America, and to the Pagodas of South Korea.
I use what I
learn from these trips to create songs
and apply these experiences
to my creations.
My formal art instruction is from the
Institute of Art in Denver, Colorado.
I received a degree
art and advertising.