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Andrew Tsinnajinnie

Native American, (1916–2000)
Navajo Nation painter Artist Andrew Tsihnahjinnie portrayed Navajo life and ceremonies. Tsinnanjinnie was born on the reservation in Rough Rock near Chinle, Arizona in 1916. He attended elementary school in Chinle, but ran away so many times he was sent to Fort Apache on the Apache Reservation. Tsinajinnie grew up herding sheep and riding horses and his love for that life was what he wanted to portray in his paintings, along with Navajo ceremonies. He was one of the first pupils to receive art instruction at "The Studio," founded by Dorothy Dunn at the Santa Fe Indian School. In order to portray to what Dunn felt was authentic representation of Native American traditional art, The Studio art students were taught to paint in a flat, two dimensional style.

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