Our Story

Yá’át’ééh shik’éí dóó shidine’é! Shí éí Kotah yinishyé. Tábąąhá nishłį́. Bilagáana báshíshchíín. LókaaDineé dashicheii. Bilagáana dashinalí. Ákót’éego diné nishłį́. Hello my friends and my people! My name is Kotah. I am of the Water's Edge Clan, born for the white people's clan. The Reed people are my maternal grandfather's clan and the white people's clan is my paternal grandfather's clan. In this way, I am a Navajo man.

Yá’át’ééh, shí éí Missy yinishyé! Hashtł'ishnii nishłį́. Bilagáana báshíshchíín. Tsinaajinii dashicheii. Bilagáana dashinalí. Ákót’éego diné asdzáán nishłį́. Hello, my name is Missy! I am of the Mud Clan born for the white people's clan. The Black-Streaked-Wood People are my maternal grandfather's clan and the white people's clan is my paternal grandfather's clan. In this way, I am a Navajo woman.

We own Kotah Bear and are both enrolled members of the Diné (Navajo) tribe. We married in 2012 having met when we were twelve years old. Back then, Kotah traveled the world performing with his family's traditional Native American dance group "Star Flint" and when they were a few dancers short, Missy and her sister Emily were invited to join them for an 18 day tour of Poland.

Over a decade later, we reconnected (thanks to shideezhí Emily) and were married in the traditional Navajo Way. As newlyweds, we loved to travel. When making trips from where we live in Utah to the Navajo Nation (NM & AZ specifically) to visit family, we would have many requests to bring jewelry back. We quickly realized that supporting Native American artisans, being surrounded by beautiful items, and meeting new friends are things we are both very passionate about! We decided Kotah's childhood nickname "Kotah Bear" would be a perfect name for our company.

We feel so appreciative that we can share gorgeous handcrafted items from our culture and help support the livelihood of living Native American artisans. Each piece originates from a rich, ancient heritage and can be treasured for generations to come. We hope you'll love browsing through our finds as much as we do!