This visually dynamic exhibition, rich in color and symbolic meaning, looks at the work created by some of the Southwest’s greatest Native painters, including: Awa Tsireh, Ma Pe Wi, Fred Kabotie, Otis Polelonema, Tonita Pena, Julian Martinez, Abel Sanchez, Harrison Begay, Quincy Tahoma, Andy Tsinajinnie, Allan Houser, Robert Chee, Ha So Deh, Pablita Velarde, and Beatien Yazz. 

Many of these artists, like Native students all over the country, left their homes behind to get an education at a government operated boarding school. For many at the Santa Fe Indian School, art became a way to maintain a relationship with their now distant sources of identity. They developed a distinctive style building on traditional symbolism and activities such as hunting, tending sheep and attending ceremonies.


  • Starting Saturday, November 17th, 2018, repeated every day until Monday, February 18, 2019 — all day


Museum Of Northern Arizona

3101 N Fort Valley Rd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001


Kristan Hutchison

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