NationalArtTreasure.org features Franc Johnson Newcomb’s stories of the Navajo people, art and culture. Includes thousands of pages of notes, manuscripts, correspondence and more.
NavajoPhotos.org features Franc Johnson Newcomb’s photographs of the Navajo people, art and culture. Over 200 of her photographs taken from her time spent with the Dine people during the 1930’s and 1940’s are showcased.
Franc Johnson Newcomb
Eight months after New Mexico attained statehood in 1912, Franc Lynette Newcomb came west by railroad to teach at the Navajo Indian boarding school in Fort Defiance, Arizona. She became known as an Indian trader’s wife and was eventually recognized within academic circles as a scholar and writer on Navajo religious ceremonials. Newcomb’s documentation of Navajo art and culture has made a significant impact on Southwestern studies.
Navajo Sand Paintings
NavajoSandPainting.org features Franc Johnson Newcomb’s documentation of Navajo art and culture, including papers, texts, and the reproduction of ritual sandpaintings onto a two-dimensional painted surface. Her work, abetted by her friendship with Navajo leader Hosteen Klah, continues to be instrumental to the preservation of Navajo culture.
Zuni Paintings by Alex Seowtewa
The only paintings of Shalako Dancers by Alex Seowtewa not on the church walls in Zuni. One is a Shalako figure and the other, the firestick, who starts the winter ceremony