VENANCIO ARAGON (NAVAJO)

Native American Art - - TEXTILES -

Raised in Farm­ing­ton, New Mex­ico, and from the Wa­ter Flows To­gether Clan of the Navajo, Venancio Aragon is de­scen­dent from a long line of weavers, and he first learned his art from his mother, Iverta. Aragon has de­grees in cul­tural an­thro­pol­ogy and Na­tive Amer­i­can and In­dige­nous stud­ies, and he has stud­ied historic and pre­his­toric In­dige­nous textiles, which have largely in­flu­enced his weav­ings. He uses a hy­brid of less-prac­ticed weav­ing styles, in­clud­ing twills, dou­ble-weaves and tufted styles, many of which are in dan­ger of be­ing for­got­ten, and his textiles are hand spun and nat­u­rally dyed. “In­dian Mar­ket is an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity for Na­tive peo­ples to cel­e­brate our diver­sity and show the world our an­cient cul­tures can con­tinue in the mod­ern age,” Aragon says.

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