Elizabeth Manygoats

Born in 1973, the daughter of Betty Manygoats, Elizabeth Manygoats is a Navajo potter from the Kayenta-Tonalea area. Like her husband, Jonathan Chee, most of her work falls in the "Navajo Folk Art" classification.

She says she is mostly self-taught but her mother and nine sisters are also potters. Elizabeth is the only one of them who makes pottery full-time.

She says she is inspired by the life around her and one of her favorite shapes to make is a jar with a Navajo family scene wrapped around it: sheep, dog, women, tree, mesas, hogan. She calls those "lifestyle pots."

Elizabeth also adds repousse horned toads, prickly pear cactus and ears of corn to some of her pieces. Elizabeth also makes chickens wearing sneakers. And Navajo nativity sets where the wise men bring sacks of flour... One piece Navajo yard scenes where the woman is working and the man just laying around.I also remember seeing a nativity set with no Baby Jesus in a manger and Joseph and Mary praying. Folks were calling it "The Night Before." I've seen so many people smile when they see her work, and that's what it's all about.

She usually signs her pottery on the bottom with "EM Dineh".

Ten pieces in a Navajo nativity set
Navajo nativity set with ten pieces
3 1/2 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia Measurement of the backdrop, the largest piece
Navajo nativity
One piece Navajo nativity
2 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia
Navajo Folk Art
Navajo Folk Art
4 in H by 6 in Dia
Jar with Navajo Folk Art
Navajo Folk Art
8 1/4 in H by 11 1/4 in Dia
Navajo yard scene inside a polychrome bowl
Polychrome bowl decorated with a Navajo yard scene inside
2 in H by 5 in Dia
American flag handles and a Navajo yard scene on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar decorated with American flag handles and a Navajo yard scene
3 in H by 6 1/4 in Dia
Navajo yard scene on a polychrome wedding vase
Polychrome wedding vase decorated with a Navajo yard scene
5 in H by 3 1/2 in Dia
Navajo yard scene on a polychrome wedding vase
Polychrome wedding vase decorated with a Navajo yard scene
5 in H by 3 1/2 in Dia
7 pieces in a nativity set
Nativity set with seven pieces
3 3/4 in H by 4 1/2 in Dia
Measurement of largest piece
Navajo yard scene inside a brown bowl
Brown bowl decorated inside with a Navajo yard scene
1 1/3 in H by 6 in Dia
Navajo folk art jar with fire clouds and sheep, dog, horse and woman riding around on upper shoulder
Brown jar with fire clouds and formed horse, dog, sheep and woman riding around on upper shoulder
4 1/4 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia
7 pieces in a Nativity set
Nativity set containing seven pieces
3 3/4 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Measurement of largest piece

Navajo Potters