Friends of the Wheelwright Book Club



Event Description

Book club discussion of Hosteen Klah: Navaho Medicine Man and Sand Painter, by Franc Johnson Newcomb (University of Oklahoma Press). Born in 1867, one year before the treaty establishing the Navaho Reservation, Klah was the great-grandson of the great war chief Narbona. Klah, whose mother made the Long Walk to the Bosque Redondo, became the most influential medicine man on the reservation as well as an expert weaver. He wove many sand-painting designs into tapestries as a way of preserving ceremonial knowledge. His tapestries, ceremonial effects, and drawings of sand paintings were the nucleus of the Museum of Navajo Ceremonial Art (now the Wheelwright Museum) in Santa Fe. The discussion, which is free and open to all, begins at 1:30 p.m. in the library of the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, 704 Camino Lejo, Museum Hill, Santa Fe. For more information, contact Flicka Slade (505-471-4970,