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.