August 20, 2009

Roanhorse jewelry funds breast-cancer cards

Navajo artist's creations helping to raise breast cancer awareness

By Phaedra HaywoodRoanhorse, who usually creates silver jewelry, is donating his first pieces in gold—a pendant and earrings—to be sold to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The set is valued at about $5,000, said Susan Simons, executive director for the Central New Mexico Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Roanhorse has also donated eight other pieces that will be auctioned off during a brunch today at the Inn of the Anasazi. Minimum bids on those pieces range from $75 to $200, Simons said.

That money is being used to translate into Navajo the information Susan G. Komen usually prints on "breast self-awareness cards," which remind women to perform a self-exam on their breasts each month.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Native Vignette on Breast Cancer.

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