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Artwork by Otis Polelonema

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About the Artist

Otis Polelonema was born in 1902 at Second Mesa on the Hopi Reservation in northern Arizona. He studied at the Santa Fe Indian School from 1914-1920. He returned home to his village of Shungopovi on Second Mesa where he farmed and painted. Polelonema won nearly every major award in Native American art. including at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, the Philbrook Art Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Indian Market in Santa Fe and the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial in Gallup. New Mexico. Polelonema is cited in Song from the Earth by Highwater. Southwest Indian Painting by Tanner. American Indian Painting by Dunn. the Pueblo Indian Painting by Brody. and the Biographical Directory of American Indian Painters by Lester. Otis Polelonema's work is included in the exhibit "Beautiful Resistance: Works on Paper from the Heard Museum Collection" May 22 - December. 2005.