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.

Monique E Chino

“My Indian Name is “Clouds of the Heavens,” I am currently attending UNM. My pieces have been shown in the UNM Art Showcase on the University campus. I love being creative and artistic. I have been taking art classes and have always had a passion in art. I love photography because it opens your eyes to something more that what it seems, and I feel that a picture is really worth more than a thousand words.”