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.

Ron Martinez

Ron Martinez Looking Elk (Isleta/Taos Pueblo) studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ron credits his artistic development to three mentors, Preston Duwyenie (Hopi), Estella Loretto (Jemez Pueblo) and Dora Tse-Pe (San Illdefonso). A fourth generation artist, Ron attributes much of his inspiration to his relatives. His family is filled with artists, ranging from storytellers, to painters, to potters. His great-grandfather, Albert Looking Elk Martinez (Taos Pueblo), was an influential painter.

“Growing up I watched my grandparents work in the fields, prepare food, and tell stories. These aspects of daily Pueblo life have shaped my work ethic. I am a direct result of the values, dreams and culture of my ancestors. I have worked with many Indigenous communities throughout the world and what I have gained most from those intercultural experiences has been how much we all cherish the wisdom of our ancestors. In my work everything I do is a reflection of the richness of the ways that creativity is manifested from the breath of our great, great, great grandparents. I am blessed with the collective memory of those who have lived before me”.