Monday, December 24, 2007

Cheyenne Jim Storyteller on its way

Most artists have a certain style that, while occasionally varied, tends to identify their work beyond doubt. Among Native American potters, the stylistic differentiators show up in the choice of material, subject matter and design. For no artist is this more true than for Diane Lynn, a Navajo who works under the name, "Cheyenne Jim".

We have long been fans of Cheyenne Jim's work, which often is large and dominates any art setting. Until recently we had four in our collection. This month, this one began its journey to a new home.

Cheyenne Jim Navajo storyteller finds a new owner

For a little background, Cheyenne Jim is a Navajo, despite her name, who was raised on the Navajo Nation reservation following her birth in 1957. With a rich Navajo cultural tradition, reportedly going back to her childhood, when she is said to have been deeply impressed by a Yei Be Chei ceremony she attended with her Grandmother, a Navajo medicine woman.

Some say Cheyenne Jim's work is so distinctive that it does not reflect Native American influences. We disagree.
We find her choice of clay (often mica), her choice of subject matter (variations on the storyteller tradition) and her style of representation to be quintessentially Native American.

Her years as an art student at Bacone College in Muskogee, OK, appear to have influenced her artistic perspectives without seriously changing her original Navajo artistic sensibilities.

As these other Cheyenne Jim creations in our collection demonstrate, she has a style that is both very easy to empathize with and very distinctly hers.

For more information about Cheyenne Jim, we refer you to the following links.

We also invite you to view the many other storytellers available at
Navigate tot he Storyteller pages.


Anonymous said...

I have 5 Storytellers by Cheyenne Jim. Two are extra large and I have one large Hogan. Her work is exquisite, robust and strong. I agree that her contemporary flair also reflects respect for tradition. My recent aquisition is of museum quality.

Anonymous said...

I just found a Cheyenne Jim piece at an estate sale... I have collected Kachinas for years but have never purchased a storyteller... So excited to have found such a great piece. Does anyone know how I can find the value?

William Waites said...

My advice is to search for Cheyenne Jim storytellers on line and see what the average price is for something near the size you bought. Values change over time and condition. is not an appraisal site.