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Michael "Na Na Ping" Garcia was born in 1952, and is a registered member of the Pascua Yaqui village of Guadalupe, just outside of Tempe, Arizona. He received a business degree from Arizona State University, inspired by his uncle, Charles Hernandez, lapidary work. Over the years of development, Garcia, has experimented with cutting edge inlay techniques using a wide range of semi-precious stones. His notoriety developed from his ability to combine many intricate cuts into a mosaic of color onto a wide and heavy sterling silver shank. After meeting and marrying a Nambé Pueblo woman, his wife's grandfather gave Michael the name Na Na Ping, which is a Tewa word meaning Aspen Mountain.