(Zia Pueblo, 1902–1973)
Gouache with graphite underdrawing on paper
Page: 50.8 x 38.1 cm (20 x 15 in.)
Educational Purchase Fund 1928.313
In this painting, Ma Pe Wi, a self-taught artist from Zia Pueblo, depicts three delicately rendered antelope who bound over stepped forms decorated with cloud motifs. Above is a sky filled with a rainbow, rain clouds, and the sun. In the early 1900s, Ma Pe Wi, also known as Velino Shije Herrera, was key to a major development in the Indigenous arts of the Southwest as Native artists took control of interpreting and representing their own cultures after centuries of oppression and marginalization. Working in nontraditional media, especially watercolor, these artists drew their subject matters from the nonsacred parts of Indigenous ceremonies as well as traditional ceramic and mural imagery.
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