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.

Rochelle Lovato

Rochelle (Antonio) Lovato is a Native American contemporary artist enrolled in the Acoma Pueblo and is also of Cheyenne River Sioux descent. She was raised in New Mexico and has also lived in South Dakota. She currently resides with her family in Los Lunas, New Mexico.

I am using my education from the ITT Rechnical Institute to fulfill both my love and passion for technology and creativity. I graduated with a degree for networking computers, and it has helped open the doors to the graphic design world for me through understanding technology. My approach to art was shaped from childhood by my parent’s talents, from watching my dad on print press machines and my mother drawing my favorite cartoon characters, I have combined their talents into my own form of applied art.

The process of bringing my designs to life starts with a visual thought and then the design takes its first breath on paper. And as the design begins to develop it will be made with our ancestral inspiration, touches of elegance, innovation, love, and the heart of my family. The artistic design is then transferred
from inner vision to reality on fabric using a vinyl heat press technique.

“My influences come from years of the admiration of pottery and Indian art, and now I would like to share that blending of tradition and contemporary designs from our family in our own way. I work with my family and as we create our designs we always get input from our young daughter and implement her suggestions into all of our designs. This way we are teaching her to keep the art of our ancestors alive and passed on for another generation. “