Arizona’s Navajo and Hopi cultures span multiple generations, and their descendants continue to honor customs from thousands of years ago. Contemporary artists like Hopi katsina doll carver, Manuel Chavarria, and Navajo weaver, Barbara Teller Ornelas, use traditional crafts and techniques to preserve the stories of their ancestors. Meanwhile, emerging mixed-media artists like Melanie Yazzie expand the boundaries of tradition by combining Navajo influences with contemporary culture and styles. Author Rory Schmitt presents the region’s outstanding native artists and their work, studios, and inspirations.
Navajo and Hopi Art in Arizona, a new book by Rory O’Neill Schmitt, Ph.D., was published February 1, 2016. It is available from Amazon or other booksellers.
Another book soon to be published:
Lynda Teller Pete, who has presented workshops for the RMWG, has collaborated with another Navajo weaver and 3 textile scholars in a manuscript that has been submitted to the publisher and will be available soon. The final draft manuscript with essays, commentaries and other items has been submitted for publication by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, tentatively titled Weavers, Collectors, and Changing Markets: The Crane Collection of Navajo Textiles. The planned contents include an introductory essay by Ann Hedlund and essays by Louise Stiver, Laurie Webster, D. Y. Begay, and Lynda Teller Pete, and 60 colored plates with commentaries. This book should be available from the DMNS gift shop early this summer.