Leonard Willeto

Name
Leonard Willeto
Born
1955
Died
1984
Active in
  • Nageezi, New Mexico
Nationalities
U.S. States
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Luce Artist Biography

Leonard Willeto was the son of well-known wood-carvers Charlie Willeto and Elizabeth Willeto Ignacio, and began carving in the 1970s. When he was sixteen years old he was run over by a pickup truck, was permanently disfigured and left school. Willeto carved no more than a hundred dolls before he committed suicide on August 2, 1984 (Chuck and Jan Rosenak, The People Speak: Navajo Folk Art, 1994).