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Navajo Woman Wearing Pendleton Blanket

1992 Dennis Pioche Born: Blanco Canyon, New Mexico 1965 acrylic on carved cottonwood overall: 15 1/2 x 6 x 5 in. (39.4 x 15.2 x 12.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 1997.124.76 Not currently on view


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Dennis Pioche’s Navajo figures wear traditional trade blankets. These blankets come from the wool mills in Pendleton, Oregon, that have produced blankets, shawls, and robes since the early 1900s. The figures’ solemn expressions and huddled poses suggest they are standing outside in the cold, perhaps at a trading post, waiting for some unknown event.

Keywords

Dress - ethnic - Indian dress

Ethnic - Indian - Navajo

Figure female - full length

sculpture

folk art

paint - acrylic

wood - cottonwood

About Dennis Pioche

Born: Blanco Canyon, New Mexico 1965

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