Spring 2007 — issue 314

Contemporary Native American Sculpture


Patty Talahongva
Native Sculptors

There is no doubt that the European masters Michelangelo, Donatello, and Bernini all influenced Zarco Guerrero. In fact, they inspired him to also recognize the art of his indigenous roots.

Suzan Shown Harjo
Native American Sculptor Heroes

Bob Haozous, Preston Singletary, and Roxanne Swentzell are luminaries in the world of Native American sculpture.  Critics, artists, and tribal people alike hold them in high regard, but their gateways to artistic expression represent a wide expanse of diverse cultures and genres.

Kathryn M. Davis
Allan Houser: An American Story

Allan Houser (1914-1994) is one of the most important twentieth-century sculptors to have emerged in the United States.

Wolfgang Mabry
Hopi Katsinam: More Than Sculpture

“Carving Katsina dolls wasn’t regarded as making art when I was learning to do it,” says D’Armon Kootswatewa, whose Early Morning Singer (Talavai) Katsina doll is one of the many high-value, wood sculptures that he makes as art objects intended to share aspects of Hopi worldview with others.  Like other successful contemporary Hopi Katsina doll carvers, Kootswatewa feels the pull of two worlds, Hopi and American, the latter often referred to as “Anglo” in the Southwest.