/ Modified oct 27, 2023 3:35 p.m.

Episode 1008

Navajo Silversmiths, Kyklo, Joshua

Navajo Silversmiths
Navajo Silversmith Alex Beeshligaii (Navajo Diné/Apache) has worked as a traditional silversmith for more than 30 years, making jewelry using tufa and sand molds. He learned the artform from family and community members and he sings to the artwork that he makes, as he was taught by his late mother. He works with his son, Shane Beeshligaii, to pass on the tradition and philosophy of the artform as well as the Navajo Diné language and history.

Kyklo means "cycle" in Greek, but in Tucson it is a band that plays otherworldly and mystical music. Kyklo’s music carries the traces of old romances and melancholy. Paul Amiel and Anton Shekergiev explore the Mediterranean and the Balkan spirit. The duo plays tunes from the Aegean region including Bulgarian, Greek and Turkish songs. If you are in Tucson and lucky enough to listen to Paul and Anton, their music will drag you into an enchanted land.

Joshua Greiner is autistic and has been using spelling methods to communicate since he was 13yrs old. Prior to that he no viable way to communicate and was constantly misunderstood. Spelling became a catalyst to a whole new world of expression, providing him with a sense of community, independence, and hope for his future.

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