Today is National Navajo Code Talker Day and we celebrate the dedicated Navajo (amongst other tribes) men who worked to create critical coded messages during World War II. Collected in 1939, this painting (PAHMA #17-380) of Navajo warriors is by Quincy Tahoma, who may have been a code-talker himself. Visit http://www.navajocodetalkers.org/ for more information.
Photograph:A painting by Gerald Nailor, a Navajo artist, catches the flavor of the Southwest landscape. The man sits proudly on his spotted pony. The woman dyes yarn while the children play. Beyond stand the Hogan and arbor. A corral for livestock lies at the foot of a distant mesa. Nailor's Navajo name is Toh-yah, meaning “walking by the river.”
(5/6/14) This painting is typical of Harrison Begay’s work illustrating scenes of traditional Navajo life. Here a girl takes off her squash blossom necklace so her mother can help wash her hair. The piece won 1st Place in Southwestern Painting at the 1949 Philbrook Indian Annual and is currently on exhibit at the main Philbrook facility.