ca. 1960 Charlie Willeto Born: Nageezi, New Mexico 1900 Died: Nageezi, New Mexico 1965 house paint on carved pine 29 1/4 x 5 x 4 in. (74.3 x 12.7 x 10.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 1997.124.96 Not currently on view
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Charlie Willeto carved sculptures from old boards of sun-weathered pine and exchanged them for groceries at a trading post near his home (Charles Rosenak, Folk Art of the People: Navajo Works, 1987). His wife, Elizabeth, helped him paint these figures to show traditional Navajo clothing and jewelry. The simple shapes and muted colors of the figures reflect the bleak environment around his home in Nageezi, New Mexico.
Ethnic - Indian - Navajo
Figure male - full length
wood - pine