Alex Seowtewa was born into the shiwi, the Zuni Tribe. His mother, Annie, was of the Sandhill Crane Clan and his father, Charlie Chuyate of the Parrot Clan, was a painter, Zuni historian, and religious leader. After high school, Alex received a one year art scholarship to the University of St. Joseph in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Alex served in the Korean war and, in 1970, he proposed a series of painted Kachinas for the walls of the nave of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, built in 1629 in the Zuni village and abandoned in 1820.
Amil Pedro is a self-taught artist from the Gila River Indian Community – Maricopa. His father was Arthur Pedro, Maricopa and Cahuilla, and his mother was Rosita Collins, Quechan. As a small boy, Amil learned native craft/reproductions from his uncles. He won boxes of art supplies and food in his first competitions, progressing to a First Place in the Cahokia Mounds Contemporary Art Show in 1999. Today he works in acrylic, ink, pencil, and watercolor, and provides workshops in flint knapping, gourd decorating, bow and arrow making, the atlatl, and making of stone tools,
Delbridge Honanie, whose manhood name is Coochsiwukioma, or Falling White Snow, was born in 1946 into the Bear Clan, the spiritual leaders of the Hopi people. His spiritual legacy appears in his katsina sculptures carved from cottonwood roots in the Hopi tradition. Such sculptures launched an innovative, contemporary style that has strongly influenced younger carvers.
Navajo artist Alice Cling was born around 1946 in a hogan at Cow Springs, Arizona at a time when the pottery trade was almost obsolete, the old women who knew the craft were very old, and few young women wanted to learn. Women in the Cow Springs area continued to make pottery for ceremonial needs, keeping the craft alive until a limited trade started up in the 1950s. Alice’s aunt, Grace Barlow, and her mother, Rose Williams, a prominent pottery maker and Living Treasure, were her first teachers. Alice works in clay dug by her family from a place near Black Mesa.
Michael Chiago, Sr., was born in a 1946 in Kohate Village, Arizona, of Tohono O’odham (Papago), Pima, and Maricopa lineage. He has been a full-time painter of the relatively unknown everyday and ceremonial life of his people since 1970, working in acrylic and watercolors. His strong sense of identity and pride in his culture contributes to his ability to engage viewers in a rich visual experience. Familiar desert and village scenes are featured in his paintings which teach viewers about clothing and accurate basketry and pottery designs.