I Stand in the Center of the Good: Interviews with Contemporary Native American Artists

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Linda Lomahaftewa

Hopi-Choctaw

Linda Lomahaftewa's works are about knowledge and memory, the knowledge of the Hopi way and the persistence of individual and communal memory. Lomahaftewa intuitively draws on ancient sources to create her art, and combines contemporary processes and techniques with these sources to make her prints, paintings, and monotypes. She has written that her "imagery comes from being Hopi and remembering shapes and colors from ceremonies and from landscape. I associate a special power and respect, a sacredness, with these colors and shapes, and this carries over into my work." 1

Lomahaftewa's art has not been static over the two decades or more that she's been an active artist. For example, Lloyd Oxendine, referring to Snake and Animal Symbols ( 1970), wrote: "Miss Lomahaftewa's art reduces natural forms to elements of design; to these she adds her own conformations in bold colors and organically unlikely juxtapositions." 2 This design orientation was maintained in the 1978 New Mexico Sunset: "The complex overlaying of designs and colors are reminiscent of patchwork quilts." 3

But throughout the 1980s Lomahaftewa has drawn more on Hopi imagery and on personal memory. The Cloud Maiden series, ongoing

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  • Acknowledgments *
  • Introduction *
  • Rick Glazer-Danay - Mohawk *
  • Shan Goshorn - Cherokee *
  • Hachivi Edgar Heap of Brids - Cheyenne-Arapaho *
  • Rick Hill - Tuscarora *
  • G. Peter Jemison - Cattaraugus Seneca *
  • Michael Kabotie - Hopi *
  • Frank Lapena - Nomtipom Wintu *
  • Carm Little Turtle - Apache-Tarahumara *
  • Linda Lomahaftewa - Hopi-Choctaw *
  • George Longfish - Seneca-Tuscarora *
  • Mario Martinez - Yaqui *
  • Nora Naranjo-Morse - Santa Clara *
  • Jaune Quick-To-See Smith - Flathead-Cree-Shoshone *
  • Susan Stewart - Crow-Blackfeet *
  • Frank Tuttle - Yuki-Wailaki-Koncow Maidu *
  • Kay Walkingstick - Cherokee *
  • Emmi Whitehorse - Navajo *
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