In partnership with Twin Arrows Casino Resort, this video premiered on May 22, 2013 to a crowd of 400+ attendees at the Twin Arrows Casino Grand Opening VIP event.
This short video includes an explanation of Art of the People’s mission statement, as well as, witnessing a rare glimpse of Navajo artisans completing 10 murals in 10 days. These beautiful and valuable works of art are now on display in the Pre-Function area and various locations throughout Twin Arrows Casino Resort.
Here is a description of the Murals Project:
"Na’toh’ dine’ Tachinii,’ their stories are rare and genuine; these are a few of their stories we (Art of the People) envisioned about the events the Diyin Dine’ (Holy People) created for the people of this world (White World). In the process of making the murals, we came together and mended these ancient stories piece by piece and successfully recreated a picture of a way life of the Navajo people in the form of abstract painting. We spent time composing, discussing and arranging what was a story into a work of art. We relived our childhood days of sitting at home in the hooghan listening to our elders telling the creation stories of the holy people (Diyin Dine’) into the night. This project was important to us. I hope you experienced the Hózhóo’ feelings from these artwork as you view them".
Art of the People, Inc.,
- Bahe Whitethorne, Bahe Whitethorne, Jr., Johnson Yazzie, Irving Toddy, Oreland Joe, Mark Silversmith, Dan Yazzie, David John, Kevin Quannie, Beverly Blacksheep, Elizabeth Whitethorne-Benally, Billy Whitethorne, Randell Wilson, Tim Washburn, Melvin K. John, Julius Keyonnie
Mission Statement: "Encouraging a new generation of artists through the tradition of excellence, thus activating, preserving and invigorating our Native American culture through various forms of art."