Rolanda Haloo was born in 1956 in Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico. She is the daughter of the late Jacob Haloo and Lola Pinto Haloo. Rolanda learned jewelry-making from watching her parents and older siblings while they worked. At age 14, Rolanda attended St. John’s Indian School in Laveen, Arizona where she was encouraged to branch out by her teacher, who recognized her natural talent.
Rolanda focused her artwork mostly on bird inlay and other traditional designs such as the Knifewing and Rainbowman she learned from her father and her siblings, but she is best known today for her Dragonfly Maidens. In keeping with the family tradition, Rolanda's son Colin has taken up the art of jewelry-making and fine inlay techniques.
Over the years, Rolanda has been honored in several competitions, winning prizes at Gallup Intertribal Indian Ceremonial, Santa Fe Indian Market, and the Zuni Show at Museum of Northern Arizona, where she won for a piece she made in conjunction with her son, Colin.
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