Dan Namingha

Dream State Series #22

acrylic on canvas 

48 x 36 in.


Dan is from the Tewa-Hopi tribe.  He has been showing professionally as an artist for over forty years.  His works command unwavering respect for the earth and spirt of his ancestry, the beautiful heritage that is the heart of his creativity.  He is constantly drawn to his roots, so deeply embedded in ceremony, yet allows us only a guarded glimpse of his sacred traditions;  the spirit messengers, the kachinas representing blessings, ancestors and cloud people...all of these forming the interim of visage between the physical and the spirit world.

Dan paints and sculpts the images of his homeland and his peoples, always with the integrity instilled in him by that depth of belief and love of spirit. Drawing and paintings was a natural part of Hopi childhood. It gave him a way to express his strong feelings about the culture and environment leading to a path of creative freedom. Dan feels that change and evolution are a continuum; socially, politically, and spiritually and that the future of our planet and membership of the human race must be monitored to insure survival in the spirit of the cultural and technology diversity. He says that only then can we merge the positive and negative polarization and balance so necessary to the communal spirit of the universe.

On May 15, 2009, Dan Namingha wwas selected to receive an Honarary Doctorate from the Institute of American Indian Arts. The ceremony took place at teh Institute of American Indian Arts College Campus.