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Michael Kabotie (Lomawywesa)
Changing Values, Michael Kabotie, Hopi, mural, red, black, brown, social comment

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“Changing Values” is the overriding message and title of this brilliant mural by Michael Kabotie. In the lower right is the image of the world in a state of balance. Water, corn, frogs, and flowers symbolize a pristine earth. Different hands represent diverse people. Connecting the cosmos with the earth, the archetypal serpent faces towards heaven. The serpent’s face is haloed by the symbol of the center place. Central in the mural is a transformed world. Present are the new altarpieces—the gas pump and the steering wheel. The priest holding a written contract questions a world that now embraces technology and the desire for wealth. What was a stable earth has erupted with gushing oil and mined resources. Symbols of the past have been eclipsed by symbols of industry. To the left, archetypes have been replaced by modern images of gasoline, automobiles and financial profit and loss. Visible is a half-human, half-animal figure that struggles to be seen from behind an automobile. Products of an unhealed world trample the traditional values. Michael Kabotie was born on September 3, 1942 on the Hopi Indian Reservation in northeastern Arizona. He grew up in the village of Shungopavi and attended school on the reservation until the Hopi high school was closed. He graduated from Haskell Indian School in Lawrence, Kansas in 1961. While in his junior year there he was invited to spend the summer at the Southwest Indian Art Project at the Universigty of Arizona. Participants included Fritz Scholder, Helen Hardin, Charles Loloma and Joe Hererra (who became a life long friend and his primary artist mentor). After high school, Michael attended the University of Arizona, studying engineering. After dropping out of college he held a one-man show at the Heard Museum and his work was on the cover of Arizona Highways magazine. In 1967 Michael underwent his Hopi manhood initiation into the Wuwutsim Society and was given his Hopi name, Lomawywesa (Walking in Harmony). Both Michael and his father, Fred Kabotie, have been innovators in the Native American Fine Arts Movement, creating paintings that reflect traditional Hopi life in contemporary media. Fred Kabotie was one of the Hopi artists responsible for developing the trademark overlay methods used today by many Hopi silver and goldsmiths. He is also the painter of the Watchtower murals in the Grand Canyon. Fred Kabotie lived in Santa Fe and attended the Santa Fe Indian School and studied mural painting with Dorothy Dunn.

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