The tenth section of the World Longest Native American Painting was created in 2017-2018 with the generous support of The Friends of Western Arts (Tucson, AZ) which donated the painting to the Museum of The Amerind Foundation for permanent installation in Dragoon, AZ
The Indigenous Women of Arizona highlights the Northern Tribes on the left, the central tribes around Phoenix in the center, and the Southern Tribes on the left. There is a special idea within the painting including the combination of Elders mixed with younger figures. Generally, the earlier work focuses primarily on Elders. “I feel this gives the viewer a better understanding of how important women of all ages are to us, giving our younger women some acknowledgment, and to honor all Native women.”
Like the paintings that have come before this work I have spent most of my time researching the various tribes and their cultural connections to clothing, art, heritage, and personal identities in order to present the characteristics I feel are important to know about each tribe. At the same time, I “create” an image that I hope honors each tribe being recognized. “I hope this will inspire the viewer to do their own research. Take the name of the tribe and look them up and read about what makes each tribeThe Indigenous Women of Arizona (or Native Woman) more interesting and unique.”
From left to right the tribes being recognized here are…
Hopi Tribe, Hualapai Tribe, Havasupai Tribe, Ft. Mojave, Navajo (dine), Yavapai- Prescott Apache Nation, Kaibab Band of Paiute, Ak-Chin, Tonto Apache, Gila River Indian Community, Tohono O’odham Nation, Pasqua Yaqui, Maricopa,Fort Yuma-Quechan tribe, Zuni, Cocopah Indian Tribe, White Mountain Apache, San Juan Paiute, Colorado River, and the San Carlos Apache.
*There are 21 Federally Recognized Tribes in Arizona
*Twenty tribes are members of the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona