Betty Manygoats makes a lot of wedding vases decorated with horned toads... and bowls and plates decorated with horned toads and lots of other Diné Folk Art, too. She's been doing it for many years. She taught her daughter, Elizabeth Manygoats, and her son-in-law, Jonathan Chee, to make pottery, too. She also taught all her other daughters but none make as much pottery as Elizabeth.
Betty never learned to speak English. Growing up she lived too far out in the country to get to a school. It was so remote she was home-schooled by her father. Around the age of 25 she began to learn to make Diné pottery from her maternal grandmother, Grace Barlow. A few years later, she was teaching how to make Diné pottery at the Tuba City High School.
Betty became famous for her horned toads: traditional Diné avoid the horned toad as it is considered bad luck. Betty puts them on almost everything she makes. She says she's a Christian and those superstitions don't mean anything.
Her favorite piece to make is the wedding vase with a bridge between the two spouts. She also likes to add repoussé human and animal figures and paint them in bright colors. She probably uses the largest range of styles and motifs of any Diné potters working today.
Among Betty's relatives are Rose Williams, Alice Cling, Susie Crank and Louise Goodman.
Betty has participated in shows at the Museum of Northern Arizona, the Santo Domingo Arts and Crafts Show and the Window Rock Arts and Crafts Show. Betty hasn't always signed her pots but the signature I've most seen on her pieces is "BM".