Delbert Gordon

Delbert Gordon

Perry Null Trading:

In the Navajo culture when a man marries his wife he goes to live with her and her family. So where are you originally from?

Delbert Gordon:

I am originally from Houck, Arizona.

Perry Null Trading:

Did you attend school in that area?

Delbert Gordon:

When I first started school it was at the Pine Springs Boarding School. I did not have to stay in the dorms, but would come home each day because we lived close. After that I attended Hunters Point and then went to the Tohatchi High School Boarding School.

Perry Null Trading:

Were you an athlete in High School?

Delbert Gordon:

I participated in track the 100 yard dash and 220 yard dash. I was pretty good at those events. Did it more for myself.

Perry Null Trading:

When you were in high school did you start making jewelry or take jewelry making classes.

Delbert Gordon:

They had classes for jewelry making but I never took them. I was not interested in jewelry at that time.

Perry Null Trading:

When did you start making jewelry?

Delbert Gordon:

After high school my brother in-law and I started to make jewelry. I didn’t know anything about it and had to teach my self everything. We only made one ring and sold it to a shop on 66 in Gallup, he would pay us $85 for the ring.

Perry Null Trading:

How long did that last for?

Delbert Gordon:

He bought them for a long time. I finally started to make other types of pieces and would take them around town to the different buyers. That was when I started to get pretty good at making jewelry. My brother in-law did not have the patience for jewelry making so he went to work in construction.

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