Cashion Callaway attended Oklahoma State University and later Grinnell College in Iowa. In 1979, Callaway founded Intermountain Research, an organization that specializes in the archaeology of western North America and north-central China. She currently lives and works in Silver City, Nevada.
Crumbo was born in Lexington, Oklahoma, the son of an Indian mother and a French father. He attended government schools as a child and showed such promise that he received a scholarship to the American Indian Institute in Wichita for his last two years of high school.
Ron Fleming grew up watching his father and grandfather work in wood and often crafted small items from natural materials such as feathers, hides and bones. He worked as an illustrator for forty years until a drawing of a rose inspired him to carve the shape from wood.
- Alexandre Hogue moved from Minnesota, where he studied at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, to Texas and then to New York before finally settling in Dallas, Texas. There, he pursued painting full-time, supplementing his income by teaching summer art classes at a local women's college.
William Alvin Blayney grew up in a strict Methodist family in Pennsylvania. He left school after eighth grade and worked as an auto mechanic, eventually opening his own garage and repair shop near Pittsburgh. In the 1950s he began attending Bible meetings conducted by a local televangelist.
Frank von der Lancken was committed to making art available to all Americans, and he promoted this belief as a teacher in progressive art schools. His mother had come to the United States with her family from Lyon, France, and his father was a German silk merchant.