Tuesday, 17 February 2004
Pix Of The Day: Back To Earth Among The Navajo
CREDIT: © Kenji Kawano/ArizonaArts.org
WHERE: Navajo nation, southwest USA. WHAT: the Diné people.
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If all the flying around has made you dizzy, then come down to earth with us among the Navajo people of the areas that we have been flying over in the last two days. ACA (the Arizona Commission on the Arts) has several travelling exhibitions, and yesterday we mentioned 'In the Fifth World: Portrait of the Navajo Nation' and Adriel Heisey's pictures for that exhibition. Those who are not dizzy may enjoy another fine selection of twenty one Heisey photographs:
Those are new links from us, and although  is familiar, it is presented on this occasion at 90° to the orientation in which we have seen it hitherto. Today, however, we concentrate on the work of Kenji Kawano, who has seventeen online images, of which thirteen are linked here, with the remaining four images linked as our selections for the thumbnail strip at the head of this article:
Ironically, Kenji is Japanese, the very nation that the Navajo Code Talkers were deployed to frustrate during WWII, when their native language, impenetrable to non native speakers, made such a huge contribution to the American war effort. The Kennedy Museum of Art web pages at the Ohio University web site contain an article on Kanji's exhibition, 'Warriors: Navajo Code Talkers'. Both Warriors and Fifth World are available as books, here linked from the Amazon.com web site.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)