Juan Nakai

Saturday, April 3, 2021 1:57 PM

Juan Nakai

Today I am going to share a story with you about a man I never knew. He was a wonderful artist who captured the beauty of the Navajo reservation as well as anyone has.

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Bill Rabbit, Cherokee Artist (1946 - 2012)

Thursday, February 4, 2021 4:31 PM

Bill Rabbit, Cherokee Artist (1946 - 2012)

In 1974, a group of Indian arts dealers, along with a small number of artists, started the Indian Arts and Crafts Association to fight the misrepresentation of authentic American Indian art.

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Charles Lovato, 1937 - 1988

Friday, January 22, 2021 5:10 PM

Charles Lovato, 1937 - 1988

Charles Lovato from the Kewa (Santo Domingo) Pueblo learned to make traditional jewelry at an early age and continued to make beautiful and unique pieces until his death at 51.

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Spiritual Sand Paintings by Zachariah Ben

Monday, December 21, 2020 11:27 AM

Spiritual Sand Paintings by Zachariah Ben

The art of Navajo Sand Painting has come a long way. There was a time in the 1960s and 1970s when the tourist market and the widespread interest in Indian arts and crafts was huge.

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Little River Simpson: A Sand Painting Artist

Friday, November 20, 2020 10:04 AM

Little River Simpson: A Sand Painting Artist

I really enjoy telling stories that are uplifting and make you feel good. And most tales of artistic success are filled with good examples of people who worked hard and really wanted to succeed.

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Percy Sandy Tsisete, 1918 - 1974

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 4:22 PM

Percy Sandy Tsisete, 1918 - 1974

ot a lot is known about Percy Sandy. This watercolor artist from Zuni Pueblo was on the way to a great career when, in 1959, he was in an automobile accident. While he continued to work, he was not as prolific as he had been prior to the accident.

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San Ildefonso Deer Dancer and Avanyu

Thursday, August 20, 2020 4:08 PM

San Ildefonso Deer Dancer and Avanyu

Richard Martinez was one of the earliest painters from San Ildefonso Pueblo. He was born in 1904 and was painting by 1920. Today, most people think of San Ildefonso for the pottery that is created there, but the pueblo has produced many talented easel artists.

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Hopi Pathmakers

Thursday, August 6, 2020 12:17 PM

Hopi Pathmakers

In 1973, a group of Hopi artists who were part of the Hopi Arts and Crafts Cooperative Guild, formed a separate group called Artist Hopid.

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Beautiful Navajo Child

Thursday, July 23, 2020 10:56 AM

Beautiful Navajo Child

Some artists can capture a person as well as a photograph does, but because of the artist’s control of the surroundings and light, the painting better controls our focus and captures the imagination.

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The Miniature Clown Painter of San Ildefonso

Friday, July 17, 2020 10:35 AM

The Miniature Clown Painter of San Ildefonso

J.D. Roybal (1922-1978) was an artist with a great deal of talent and a sense of humor. His favorite subject was what the Tewa Pueblo people call the Kossa Clown, figures that are considered something like Court Jesters in the Kiva religion.

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Arthur C. Begay, An Artist Few People Knew

Saturday, July 11, 2020 10:11 AM

Arthur C. Begay, An Artist Few People Knew

Most Native American painters today are easy to track down and find information about. They tend not to be shy about recognition or fame. Early on, that was not always true.

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The Story of the Navajo Raven and Friends

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 6:39 AM

The Story of the Navajo Raven and Friends

An Artist’s inspiration can come from anywhere, it’s a matter of looking at the world and letting your imagination go. One Saturday, while working on some canvases as his two young boys watched television, Leland Holiday glanced at the screen and saw Bugs Bunny with a blanket wrapped around him.

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