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Josefa Roybal

Biography

One of the few female Pueblo painters in the first years of the movement, Josefa Roybal (of San Ildefonso Pueblo), the sister of Awa Tsireh (also called Alfonso Roybal), received little attention in an artistic community dominated by male artists. Like many Pueblo women, Josefa Roybal frequently used the Anglicized version of her name, Josephine, which would have been more familiar to non-Spanish speakers in the region. Currently there are many important Pueblo painters who are women.

Andrew Connors Pueblo Indian Watercolors: Learning by Looking, A Study Guide (Washington, D.C.: National Museum of American Art, 1993). Also available online at http://americanart.si.edu/education/pdf/pueblo_indian_watercolors.pdf.