Cheii | by Michael Gorman

Cheii | by Michael Gorman


Cheii is my first bronze work. It depicts a Navajo man draped in a chief's blanket and wearing a tattered work-hat. His hair is tied in a traditional tsii'yéeł [Navajo Bun] while his blanket hugs his shoulders and curves up on the left, framing his face in profile. As you rotate the sculpture, his feeling and mood shift.


Approximate height is: 8" *Pictured with temporary base. Will arrive with a custom Cedar Base.


The Edition is as follows:

Artist's Edition - 20

Artist's Proof - 2

Fountry Proof - 2

Record Casting - 1

Total castings - 25


In Navajo we have two words for Grandfather: Nálí and Cheii. We inherit our clan through our mothers and when we meet someone, it is important that we establish our relation to them. We will say our [mother's] clan, and that we are born for our father's clan. Then we will also tell our grandfathers clans, our Cheii and our Nálí. It is in this way that we are related to one another.