Native American Heritage Spotlight Earnest and Burton Wungnema


Earnest Wungnema a Hopi master stone mason brought his skills to the Stewart Indian School in order to teach his son Burton (1927-1956) and the other students the art of stone masonry.

The students worked hard on the stone buildings and it is due to their hard work that the Stewart Indian School buildings are largely still intact. Burton helped his father build other stone works around the Carson-Tahoe area. Burton went on to pass these skills down to his family.

You can see many of the buildings, fences and other stone work still standing in the Carson/Tahoe area.