Pueblo of Nambe Farming Manager
George Toya is a life long farmer who grew up farming in Jemez Pueblo and has continued to farm in the traditional Pueblo style. Together with the traditional Pueblo farming practices and modern technical based farming techniques high yields have been produced in Jemez Pueblo and Nambe Pueblo. Presently he is the Farm Manager for the Pueblo of Nambe.
Toya has a background in Mechanical Engineering and worked in the Engineering field from 1979 through 1988.
Toya served on the Standards Committee for SWAIA (Southwest Association for American Indian Arts) from 2004 through 2011 and was Co-chair of that committee from 2008 through 2011. Toya also served on the Board of Directors for SWAIA from 2005 through 2011.
Toya served on the Jemez Pueblo Community Development Committee and served on that committee since 2007. He served as Chair of that committee from 2009 till 2012.
Toya served as a board member on the Nanbé Wé’ge’an Non-profit committee based in Nambe Pueblo where he resides.
Toya also served as a board member on the Na-ng-Bi Owingeh Cultural Center (NaBOCC) Non-Profit organization.
George Toya is an artist, business owner, farmer, and talent manager from Jemez Pueblo. As a painter, Toya specializes in acrylic, oil and watercolor and has been the poster artist for a number of art shows in the Southwest. He has participated in a number of art festivals throughout the United States.
Toya was the owner and operator of Shades of the Southwest for twenty three years, a design and screen printing business that specialized in designing and printing his own fine art on various type of clothing. Shades of the Southwest also specialized in custom design and screen printing for organizations, schools and the public.
Toya managed the Black Eagle drum group, recipients of the 2004 GRAMMY Award for Best Native American Music Album. Under his management, Black Eagle received four GRAMMY nominations, one GRAMMY Award and one NAMMY (Native American Music Award) for best Native American Powwow Music Album in 2003. He managed the group from 1995 through 2007.