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Authentic Native American Art By Ojibwe Elder Artist Daniel Ramirez

This work was created for the Amerind Museum and Research Center with the help of the Friends of Western Art, and is the tenth segment of a grand project entitled The World’s Longest Native AmericanPainting by the Anishinabe/Ojibwe artist Daniel Ramirez.  The goal of the WLNAP will be a final interactive web presence, created for children to discover the tribes of all fifty United States, and it is also a tribute to the gifts given to us by Native American Women.
The Indigenous Women of Arizona highlights the Northern Tribes on the left, the central tribes around Phoenix in the center, and the Southern Tribes on the left.  There is a special idea within the painting including the combination of Elders mixed with younger figures.  Generally, the earlier work focuses primarily on Elders.  “I feel this gives the viewer a better understanding of how important women of all ages are to us, giving our younger women some acknowledgment, and to honor all Native women.”
Like the paintings that have come before this work I have spent most of my time researching the various tribes and their cultural connections to clothing, art, heritage, and personal identities in order to present the characteristics I feel are important to know about each tribe.  At the same time, I “create” an image that I hope honors each tribe being recognized.   “I hope this will inspire the viewer to do their own research.  Take the name of the tribe and look them up and read about what makes each tribeThe Indigenous Women of Arizona (or Native Woman)  more interesting and unique.” 
From left to right the tribes being recognized here are…
Hopi Tribe, Hualapai Tribe, Havasupai Tribe, Ft. Mojave, Yavapai- Prescott  Apache Nation, Kaibab Band of Paiute, Ak-Chin, Tonto Apache, Gila River Indian Community, Tohono O’odham Nation, Pasqua Yaqui, Maricopa , Fort Yuma-Quechan tribe, Zuni, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Cocopah Indian Tribe, White Mountain Apache, San Juan Paiute, Colorado River, and the San Carlos Apache.
*There are 21 Federally Recognized Tribes in Arizona in 2018.
*Twenty tribes are members of the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona

Women of Arizona

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