santa fe indian school

Happy Birthday Velino Shije Herrera( Ma Pe Wi)!

The Pueblo artist was born on this day in Zia Pueblo, New Mexico in 1902. Despite the Bureau of Indian affairs prohibiting arts training, he managed to become a highly regarded figure in Native American watercolor painting.

I haven’t found a website dedicated to his works, sadly, but google has a lot of wonderful images of them.

Harrison Begay ~ Navajo Nation

Harrison Begay (Haashké yah Níyá, “Warrior Who Walked Up to His Enemy”) (November 15, 1917 – August 18, 2012) was a renowned Navajo painter, perhaps the most famous of his generation. Begay specialized in watercolors and silkscreen prints. He was the last living former student of Dorothy Dunn at the Santa Fe Indian School. His work won multiple awards and is exhibited in museums and private collections worldwide