Children’s art makes its way back to rez

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This pastel of a boy riding his horse through the desert, part of Ray Stevenson’s collection of Chinle Boarding School art, shows the student’s appreciation for his traditional lifestyle.

WINDOW ROCK

Sixteen pieces of art created by Chinle Boarding School students in the 1960s will be on exhibit at the Navajo Nation Museum starting next Monday after making a 995-mile journey from Shreveport, Louisiana.

The owner of the pieces, Ray Stevenson of Big Mama’s Antiques and Restorations in Shreveport, will be in attendance for the opening at noon Monday and is hoping to meet some of the artists and learn more about both the art and the Navajo culture in general.

“I’m so excited and yet calm too, if you can understand that,” said Stevenson in a phone interview from Amarillo, Texas, where he stayed en route. “After 20 years (the art has been in his possession), it’s finally coming home.”


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Cindy Yurth

Cindy Yurth is the Tséyi' Bureau reporter, covering the Central Agency of the Navajo Nation. Her other beats include agriculture and Arizona state politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University with a cognate in geology. She has been in the news business since 1980 and with the Navajo Times since 2005, and is the author of “Exploring the Navajo Nation Chapter by Chapter.” She can be reached at cyurth@navajotimes.com.