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Anderson Koinva was born in March 1956 in his home in Shungopavi Village, Second Mesa, Arizona.

His wife is Berna Dawahoya; they have one son, Bo; and one daughter, Audreyal.

Anderson grew up on the Hopi reservation and was incredibly talented at a very young age. He participated in the Hopi ceremonies and started carving Kachina dolls at the age of eight years old.

Anderson comes from a large family of fourteen (he was number five) and was interestingly the last born inside his home in the Shungopavi Village.

Anderson and Berna married in 1981. His wife Berna is the daughter of Bernard Dawahoya (deceased), who was the master silversmith on the Hopi reservation.

Anderson worked and learned Hopi over-lay jewelry from Berna's father (Bernard). Anderson has mastered Bernard's technique and will carry on the boldness of his designs, in honor of his father-in-law.

Anderson belongs to the Sun Forehead Clan, so he uses the Sun Forehead symbol with a snake along the bottom. Or he will use his name "Anderson Koinva" and "Hopi" as another mark.