Tag: Navajo

WUPATKI AND STELLA PESHLAKAI

After the Kachina Dance at Moenkopi, I drove south to Cameron for dinner, photographing the golden light of evening on the sandstone cliffs south of Tuba City on the way. The hotel at Cameron was full, so I camped again in Fordacho.

Back in the late 60s, my friend Dewain Maney took this photograph of Earl Carpenter and yours truly with Stella and Della Peshlakai. That’s Stella pretending to paint us.

I first met Stella when I was working as Preparator at the Museum of Northern Arizona and she was there demonstrating Navajo rug weaving. We became friends and I spent many happy days in her hogan, painting her and her father, Clyde Peshlakai and visiting with the family, her sister Della, brother Clark, daughter Helen, and others.


In 1969, I had my first one-man exhibition at the Stable Galleries in Scottsdale, Arizona. The gallery owner rented a flat bed wagon, team of horses and drivers. Stella came down and set her loom up on the back of the wagon. I set up my french easel and stood there, painting her, as a trophy winning entry in the world famous Scottsdale Parada del Sol Rodeo parade

Dewain called recently to say he had visited Stella at her home at Wupatki, that she is now ninety two, and that she sure would like to see me. So. That was the main reason for my trip to Flagstaff.



The next day, I went out to Dewain’s where he showed me his setup. Unlike many darkroom photographers, Dewain had taken to digital photography with a vengeance. He has mastered the software Corel Painter, and now creates beautifully rendered photographs like this one of Stella.

STELLA PESHLAKAI

By Dewain Maney

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After lunch in town, at La Fonda Cafe, my parents’ favorite for many years, and where I announced that I was returning to Greasewood Trading Post on the sponsorship that would launch my career, we drove out to visit Stella and Helen’s husband Anthony. We had hoped to join up with Earl and to recreate the old wagon photo, but neither of us had any luck finding Earl. Also, Stella no longer lives in the old family hogan, but in a lovely new house with running water and solar power, and wagons have been replaced by pickup trucks.

We had a great visit, though, sitting on the porch, talking over the old times and of the traditional native herbs that the government will no longer allow the medicine men to gather.


Clyde had lived at Wupatki and worked all his life for the Park. Untold generations before him had lived on that site. The National Park Service, though, in its bureaucratic wisdom, has decided that Stella will be the last of her family allowed to live there. Clyde once told me of the time he went with a delegation to “Washindon-di” and met “that man…what was his name? John, John Kennedy”.


I have to wonder what the Kennedy brothers, Jack and Bobby, would have to say about this National Monument no longer having room enough on its 35,000 plus acres for a single Navajo family that was there since before it was a National Monument.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/03/26/the-last-of-the-navajos-to-live-at-wupatki-national-monument/


http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2014/05/09/311119409/federal-goverment-jeopardizes-navajo-familys-ties-to-their-land


I camped at Dewain’s that night and we continued our catching up and plans for future endeavors.

Then I went to visit Rosa and John and on to Williams. Next, Gallup and the slow road back to Taos.

 

 

 

 

RACE THROUGH NAVAJO COUNTRY / Daily Painting #1132

Watercolor / 6 x 9 inches

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BORN FROM WATER (Navajo Yei Mask) / Daily Painting #1059

Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

This is Tóbájíshchíní, Born from Water, the Warrior Twin brother of Naayéé' Neizghání, Slayer of Enemy Gods. The Warrior Twins appear in the Night Chant Ceremony of the Navajo.

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It’s time to start getting ready for THE KACHINAS ARE COMING. That’s the big Kachina show Thea wil be putting together of my Kachina paintings the first of September at David Anthony Fine Arts, here in Taos. I hope to see you there!

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MONSTER SLAYER Daily Painting #838

MONSTER SLAYER

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

Navajo Monster Slayer (na'ye' ne'zyani) Yeii Mask of painted buckskin with horse hair and with olivella shells attached to eye and mouth openings.

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EVENING, CANYON DE CHELLY Daily Painting #782

Evening, Canyon de Chelly

EVENING, CANYON DE CHELLY

Oil on Paper on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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Navajo country is still on my mind. I spent my formative years as an artist there, and am always game to return.  I’m thinking of putting together a workshop again in Canyon de Chelly next fall. Anyone interested? Call Thea now, and get on the list. 505.982.4561

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NAVAJO WITH JACLA EARRING Daily Painting #781

Navajo with Jacla Earring

NAVAJO WITH JACLA EARRING

Oil on Paper on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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Something has me feeling a bit of  nostalgia for my days on the Navajo Reservation. What an experience that was. Continues to be. I’m thinking of putting together a workshop again in Canyon de Chelly next fall. Anyone interested? Call Thea now, and get on the list. 505.982.4561

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THE WEAVER Daily Painting #751

The Weaver

THE WEAVER

Oil on Paper mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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NAVAJO

Once in my adult life, I went a year without painting. I had a job at the time working in an Indian Store and Private Museum in Scottsdale, Arizona, McGee’s Indian Den and Museum. I sold Navajo Rugs. Somehow, that satisfied the same need in me that painting does. Adding beauty to the lives of others. That’s what drives me.

For those who don’t know, I painted exclusively Indian subjects for thirteen years. That was my background. That was my focus and my interest. Landscapes, people, material culture, ceremony, Kachinas, all Indian oriented. Then my focus widened and I started painting virtually everything. I occasionally still paint an Indian subject, like today. Kachinas remain a major thread in the weave of my work, and those who would like to know more, about my work and my background, can click here and here.

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