Charlie Willeto, Navajo Man, ca. 1960, pine, paint, 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
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.
- ca. 1960
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29 1/4 x 5 x 4 in. (74.3 x 12.7 x 10.2 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
- Ethnic – Indian – Navajo
- Figure male – full length
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