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Oreland Joe

Birth place or City of origin: Shiprock
State of origin: NM
Last known City: Kirtland
Last known State: NM
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Oreland C. Joe grew up on the Navajo Reservation in Shiprock, NM, where he used his heritage of Navajo and Ute to become a highly recognized sculptor in the West of Indian figure subjects. Without any kind of formal training, Joe taught himself the rudiments of sculpture, often inventing his own tools. He works in alabaster, marble and limestone and concentrates on his own people, the Southern Ute.

He is the first Native American to be elected to the illustrious Cowboy Artists of America (1993) and continues to be awarded top honors.


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