Navajo Man

  • Charlie Willeto, Navajo Man, ca. 1960, house paint on carved pine, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 1997.124.97

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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.

Title
Navajo Man
Artist
Date
ca. 1960
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
27 7/8 x 5 1/2 x 4 in. (70.8 x 14.0 x 10.2 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Mediums
Mediums Description
house paint on carved pine
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure male – full length
  • Ethnic – Indian – Navajo
Object Number
1997.124.97
Palette
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