Native Artists

Aric Chopito

Aric Chopito

2010 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellow

Aric Chopito is one of the few weavers practicing in Zuni Pueblo today. As a result, he strongly believes in perfecting his weaving techniques and passing on his knowledge to future generations. While at SAR, Chopito worked on several projects, which included creating a kilt using a semi-brocade technique. This allowed the whole kilt fabric and design to be woven together. In addition, inspired by the IARC pottery collection, he created a rain sash that featured the woven image of the Tewa water serpent Avanyu. He accomplished this design using a floated warp technique. Chopito donated the sash to the IARC collection upon completion.

Santee Frazier

Santee Frazier

2011 SAR Indigenous Writer-in-Residence

In early 2011, the School for Advanced Research was pleased to welcome Cherokee poet Santee Frazier as the inaugural SAR Indigenous Writer-in-Residence, generously supported by the Lannan Foundation. The author of Dark Thirty (2009), a collection of loosely autobiographical poems about journeying through Cherokee Country, Frazier writes work that falls into the documentary poetic tradition. Through his writing, he attempts to recreate Indigenous/Cherokee thinking in the English language, making new culture in poetic form. While at SAR, Frazier worked on multiple pieces inspired by his time in Santa Fe. He also furthered the development of his character Mangled Creekbed, who appears often in the poems of Dark Thirty.

Linda Aguilar

Linda Aguilar

2011 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellow

Chumash basketmaker Linda Aguilar uses traditional techniques to create her unique horsehair and waxed thread baskets. Explaining this unusual blend, she notes, “There is a stigma to basketmakers: ‘traditional’ or ‘nontraditional.’ I am both. I work with horsehair and waxed thread, which are nontraditional materials. I approach the weaving with tradition. I respect the many generations of ancestral basketmakers.” While at SAR, Aguilar worked on several baskets that came together to form two installations titled “Going Vegas” and “Thinking Hat (Shades of Chagall).”

Brent Michael Davids

Brent Michael Davids

2011 Ronald and Susan Dubin Native Artist Fellow

World-renowned Mohican composer Brent Michael Davids joined SAR in June 2011 to compose a dramatic oratorio titled “The Purchase of Manhattan.” His work, written for four solo voices, full chorus, American Indian singers, and chamber orchestra, was commissioned by the oldest Dutch Reformed Church in Manhattan as an act of atonement for Holland’s role in the dispossession of the Indigenous peoples of that island.

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