Leander Nez is from Coalmind Mesa, Arizona; on the Navajo Nation. His maternal clan is "Towering House" and his paternal clan is "Bitter Water". He is full blooded Dine/Navajo. He has been making jewellery since the age of 12 years old; when his grandmother taught him. He began by stringing cedar beads into necklaces with her.
Over the years, he learned to make nacklaces and earrings with various stone and shell combinations. He works mostly with turquoise, white shells, spiny oyster shells, coral and silver.