Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Fri, Sept. 18

Native artists in Prescott <br>

Snow said she works various media because she has a curiosity about the creative process. She works in whatever media she feels a particular image requires and enjoys combining different media together.

Snow was the Artist of the Year in 1994 for the Indian Arts and Crafts Association. In 2003, she won juried competitions in South Dakota, New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming.

For more information about Snow, telephone 970-461-9222.

Modern/traditional mix

Jesse Hummingbird, who is Cherokee, tantalizes art lovers with his colorful paintings that mix the modern and traditional. For example, his painting, “Let the Night Begin,” shows the stomp dance, which is used for prayers. The background has birds and stars. A lot of his art shows the night including the reoccurring moon.

“I want my art to make people feel good. That’s important,” he said.

Hummingbird mixes his traditional Cherokee art with many other art forms including the Jewish painter Chegal. He mainly paints acrylics and etches.

Hummingbird has won major awards every year since 1984. In 1992, he was the Gallup Intertribal poster winner.

Hummingbird, who has lived in Bisbee the past 17 years, was commissioned in 2000 to paint one of hi characters on the new Indian motorcycle.

His paintings sell for as low as $550, which is inexpensive compared to a lot of Indian art.

“I have to make a living, but art should be affordable,” he said.

Hummingbird said he likes the Sharlot Hall art show because there is a good variety of art and something for everybody’s price range.

“I also like this show because it has a lot of variety,” he said.

Hummingbird also uses the art shows to talk to people about politics as he urges people to vote.

“There are not enough Indian or non-Indians voting. It’s so important to vote because if you don’t vote politicians won’t respect you or listen to you,” he said.

Hummingbird graduated from East Nashville High School in Tennessee where Oprah Winfrey was in a homeroom class. Hummingbird recalled that Winfrey was one of the student leaders who led a protest because there were no Black cheerleaders. Winfrey later became one of the first Black cheerleaders at the school.

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