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Duane Koyawena

( Flagstaff, Arizona )

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Photo © 2019 Duane Koyawena

Photo © 2019 Duane Koyawena

Photo © 2019 Duane Koyawena

Photo © 2019 Duane Koyawena

Photo © 2019 Duane Koyawena

Photo © 2019 Duane Koyawena

Photo © 2019 Duane Koyawena

Shannon Benjamin


( Flagstaff, Arizona )

Photo © 2017 By Shannon Benjamin

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Karen Knorowski

( Flagstaff, Arizona )

A native of Arizona, Karen Knorowski gained a love of the outdoors and the biodiversity of our beautiful state at a young age. She earned a BFA degree in printmaking from NAU and volunteered with Big Brothers & Big Sisters and Literacy Volunteers during her college career. For the past 9 years Karen has split her time between the Hopi Reservation and Flagstaff during which time she was a K-8 art teacher at Hotevilla Bacavi Community School. Karen is a member of the Artist’s Coalition of Flagstaff, and she was an Interpretive Ranger for the National Park Service at the Flagstaff Area National Monuments in 2009 and 2012. Here in Flagstaff, she illustrated the book Hopi Stories of Witchcraft, Shamanism and Magic by Ekkehart Malotki, 2001. In 2014, Karen was featured in Plein Air Magazine as an Honorable Mention award winner at the Escalante Plein Air Festival. She currently teaches part-time at Killip Elementary School in the 21st Century program.

Farron Nakyawywisa


( Second Mesa, Hopi Nation )

Elroy Natachu, Jr.

Zuni Artwork

( Zuni Nation )

The Kana:kwe

The Zuni Kana:kwe dance is performed once every four years in late November. This dance is to ensure blessings of crops and wild game as the A:Shiwi (Zuni Pueblo) migrate across the land. When our ancestors first encountered the Kana:kwe they were not kachinas, rather, they were a group of people. 

Instead of a peaceful coexistence, a battle raged between the Kana:kwe and the A:Shiwi. The leader of the Kana:kwe was a warrior known as Chakwena Okkya, a seemingly invincible opponent. However, with the assistance of Yaddokya Datchu (Sun Father) and Ahayuda (War Gods), victory came to the A:Shiwi. 

Painting description:
  • The kachina figure depicts one of the two leaders of the Kana:kwe dance wearing an embroidered man’s war shirt and an embroidered woman’s cape dress.
  • He carries in his hands a basket full of corn, squash, beans, sunflower, gourd, and other seeds indigenous to the Southwest.
  • The black background represents the night sky, and the rainbow is indicative of the last night of the battle between the Kana:kwe and our ancestors.
  • The gold paint splatters are various constellations, and the glow of the metallic paint is associated with the sacred. The gold can be linked to western views of what is precious.
  • The geometrical effigies on the sides of the main figure symbolize the brother and sister survivors of the Kana:kwe, who became the black corn clan that exist as part of Zuni today.
  • The mist represents the physical form of our prayers.
  • The hidden face in the background is the leader of the Kana:kwe; Chakwena Okkya.
  • Overall, the image symbolizes that after all the chaos of battle that occurred, peace prevails.
This painting is symbolic of the core values evolved through our ancestors’ migrations.

Elroy Natachu, Jr. 2019

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