In this podcast we speak with Vera Marie Badertscher about the life and times of Quincy Tahoma, a 20th century Navajo artist. As we talk, we explore the Navajo nation and how visitors can see the influences and works of Tahoma as they travel in America’s Southwest.
Quincy Tahoma, Navajo Artist
This interview started with Vera’s new book on Quincy Tahoma, so it just made sense to talk about places we could visit to locate him, culturally and geographically in the south west.
North of Flagstaff Arizona lies Tuba City. You probably know it for the role it plays in the Route 66 song, but there’s a bit more to it than that. This historic town, settled in the 1800s, has a trading post and good museum. On Friday mornings there is a large swap-meet frequented by Navajo people … and some of them bring fantastic food.
Through the Painted Desert to Canyon Chelly
Canyon Chelly housed a rock township built into the cliffs. The old pueblo sits above the valley floor, where wild horses sometimes run. To enter, one must have Navajo guide, which can be arranged locally.
North east to Monument Valley
Made famous by Western films, Monument Valley is an iconic part of the South west landscape, and something that features in Tahoma’s work.
Finally, we come to Santa Fe with its restaurants and museums. A great finish to an exploration of the South west, and the life of Quincy Tahoma.