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.

Stan Lucero

Stanley Lucero (Laguna) has been a photographer for a number of years and is slowly adjusting to digital format. The photographs on display were taken with a single lens reflex and a 4-by-5 medium format press camera. Stan is a veteran of both tribal government and the U.S. Marine Corps as a tribally elected official (Lt. Governor, Tribal Treasurer and Councilman) and also as a combat veteran with service in the Republic of VietNam.

Stan and his wife Cecelia currently serve as lifelong members to the AISES Council of Elders. He has three children and two grandchildren.

Artist Statement: The geography of the southwest is vast and has unlimited potential for good photographic documentation of its features and that is why I prefer this style versus portraiture.