Linda Eben-Jones, beadwork artist and doll maker
I am a jeweler, beadwork artist, dance regalia maker, and Paiute and Yavapai doll maker. I am an
enrolled member of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony in Reno, NV, a part of the Great Basin Paiute,
Shoshone and Washoe tribes. My family also has ties to the Ft. Bidwell Paiute Tribe and Modoc
Tribes in Northern California.
I attended the Stewart Indian Boarding School in Carson City, Nevada from 1963-1966. I am also an
Institute of American Indian Arts Alumnae from year 2002 – 2005. I am a docent at the Heard Museum
in Phoenix, Arizona 2011 to 2014. I graduated in the 2010 docent class and gave tours in 2012. I also
served as a co-chair of the Student Art Show and Scholarship Committee in 2013.
My interest in art stems from my mother, who was a sketch artist. She did portraits of all the
kinds and landscapes of the Great Basin Area. My brothers were painters, illustrators, leather workers,
and regalia makers for our family of dancers. My many nieces and nephews are all quite accomplished
beadwork artists and regalia makers as well. My sister Janice, an IAIA alum, taught me how to bead, and
my daughter taught me that I could sew, bead, and write about my boarding school days. I realized that I
have the talent to coordinate and share cultural knowledge with my family and the public. Being a docent at
the Heard Museum showed me that I have the indigenous knowledge to share our cultural ways with tribes,
educators and the public.