Sand Art by Eugene “Baatsoslani” Joe

Thursday, September 22, 2022 11:15 AM

Sand Art by Eugene “Baatsoslani” Joe

Back in the late 1950s, Navajo artists began to make small sand paintings featuring figures and designs that were part of the traditional Navajo healing sand paintings.

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Hopi Ogre Woman Katsina by Ronald Honyouti

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 10:58 AM

Hopi Ogre Woman Katsina by Ronald Honyouti

Hopi Katsinas are physical representatives of Hopi spirits. There are hundreds of these spirits. The Hopi believe they visit the Mesas between January and July to bless the people with good crops, rain, knowledge, health, and more.

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The Influence of Dorothy Dunn and Robert Montoya

Sunday, September 11, 2022 10:44 AM

The Influence of Dorothy Dunn and Robert Montoya

One of my favorite subjects is the evolution of the Santa Fe Indian School and the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe. It is always interesting to see how different Native artists were associated with the school.

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The First Postman in Anasazi Country

Tuesday, September 6, 2022 10:24 AM

The First Postman in Anasazi Country

Gilmore Scott  (B. 1974) was born in Montezuma Creek, Utah. It is a small community east of Bluff and south of Blanding, Utah, near the Bear's Ear National Monument.

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A Unique Painting by Stanton Englehart

Saturday, September 3, 2022 10:12 AM

A Unique Painting by Stanton Englehart

It's the time of year when the streams are starting to run clear, and you could bet that Stanton Englehart would have been out with his fly rod, testing the will of those cagey Cutthroats and Rainbows hiding in the ripples!

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Anthony Tallboy's First Blue Ribbon

Wednesday, August 31, 2022 10:00 AM

Anthony Tallboy's First Blue Ribbon

This past Sunday, I was giving a talk on Navajo Weavings at the Sorrel Sky Gallery in Santa Fe on the last day of the 100th Indian Market. It was a big week for Native American arts as the Gallup Ceremonial celebrated its 100th Anniversary!

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Clifford Brycelea's Blue Ribbon Saturday

Friday, August 26, 2022 9:38 AM

Clifford Brycelea's Blue Ribbon Saturday

In the late '80s, I attended an Indian Arts and Crafts Association meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. For the first time, they sponsored a "quick draw" competition that allowed artists to paint or draw a work of art. I think it was 30 minutes, but it may have been longer.

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Master Weaver Ruby Manuelito On the Road to Greatness

All the best artists, musicians, singers, athletes, and anyone who reaches the top of their career have one thing in common: none of them had those skills when they started. It takes a lot of practice and a lot of work.

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Before the Storyteller Dolls

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 2:54 PM

Before the Storyteller Dolls

It’s not too often that you come across an artist who switches up their art style when they are successful at what they are doing.

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Found a Chief in a Chief's Blanket!

Friday, August 12, 2022 2:52 PM

Found a Chief in a Chief's Blanket!

Chief’s Blankets, the real ones, actually disappeared around 1890. As fashion statements and clothing for the Navajo, they had been around for about a century. That’s a long time for a style of dress!

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A Zuni Artist with a Sense of Humor

Sunday, August 7, 2022 2:29 PM

A Zuni Artist with a Sense of Humor

Philbert Hughte (B. 1954) is a Zuni artist and teacher specializing in pen and acrylic painting.

He started painting when he was seven years old. Initially, the everyday life in the village of Zuni inspired his work, but his sense of humor and history soon changed that perspective.

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The Soul of a Folk Artist, the Hands of a Sculptor

Thursday, August 4, 2022 2:09 PM

The Soul of a Folk Artist, the Hands of a Sculptor

Lawrence Jacques is a Navajo Folk artist. It did not start as his career, but an accident made it impossible for him to continue working in construction. He was born in 1965 and quit school before entering high school. He didn’t have many options without education because of his injuries.

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