The Native American people of this region have lived in harmony and respect with their natural environment.

Stories of their emergence and of their living history are handed down from one generation to the next through prayer and song. The traditional knowledge of their ancestors is the basis for how they live today and is reflected in architecture, traditions, arts and ceremony.

We are most grateful for the blessings of our Earth Mother as she provides us with all that we need to sustain our livelihood now, and into the future. As native people living in modern times, we have a responsibility to maintain balance with our natural environment and world trends. As you explore this collection of traditional and contemporary artwork, you will see memories of the past as well as the voice and creativity of modern native people.

We invite you to enjoy this celebration of cultural art.

Gary Keene

My name is Waya’aisiwa and I am Eagle clan (Dyaami) from Acoma Pueblo on my mother’s side. On my father’s side I am Dine, Red streak extending into the water clan (Taachiini). My english name is Gary Keene. I am a self taught artist, drawing since 1968 and have no formal training. I have been on a recovery path and grateful for my sobriety since 1985. The Pueblo of Acoma is where I make my home. I am a Vietnam Veteran having served in the U.S. Navy as a parachute packer.

“People say my work is medicine for the soul. When I do my pieces I aim for the heart and I aim for the mind. I remind people of what is important in our lives. Today, it is so easy to lose focus because there are so many distractions. I choose India ink as a medium because I am challenged when I make a mistake. Each of my pieces has a story relating to the title, designs and/or the purpose of its creation. All of my work is copyrighted. My trademark is the red headband and/or the red arrowheads at the bottom of the piece.”