Michael Kirk is from the Isleta Pueblo along the Rio Grande south of Albuquerque. He is also of Navajo decent. He was born in 1949 and began making jewelry in 1971 after serving in the Marines in Vietnam. He is known for his delicate feather designs. Michael hand cuts his designs and adds etched and carved details to make each feather realistic. His satin finish is spectacular. Michael has won many awards for his jewelry including first place at Gallup Intertribal Indian Ceremonial and Best of Division at Santa Fe Indian Market. He was named artist of the year in 1997 by the Indian Arts and Crafts Association. As with many Native American artists, the jewelry business is a family affair with Michael’s wife Marie, daughter Elizabeth and son Lawrence involved in various aspects of the business.