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A Tribute to Native American Culture

on November 23, 2021
(Oraibi Hopi Village, Northern Arizona, now abandoned. Public Domain photo.)

I was blessed with the opportunity to work with the Native American tribes in Northern Arizona when I worked in Flagstaff: Navajo, Hopi, Apache, and Supai. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Not only did I work with them in a medical capacity, but also as a psychiatric nurse. I met a lot of wonderful people, a lot of talented artists, and learned a lot about Native American culture.

Hopi/Tewa artist Duane Koyawena. Photo from Arizona Daily Sun.

Duane was one of my co-workers. He is not only an incredible artist, but a beautiful human being. Here’s an example of his work:

This painting won 1st prize in Fine Arts, Tahisma Art Show.

In 2017, I commissioned Duane to create a painting for my daughter for Christmas, which she loves. If you are interested in Duane’s work, please visit his website:

Duane Koyawena Arts


He also paints fabulous murals for community and corporate interior and exterior design.

A musical tribute to Native Americans all across America: a blend of Native American instruments and voices with western instruments and music. This clip features Gods & Heroes, Dela Dela, and A-La-Ke. Length: 9:55 minutes and worth watching for the music and the artwork.
Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A National Geographic video by Keeley Gould. 700 tribes gathered over 3 days to celebrate Native American cultural heritage. Length: 4:10 minutes and worth watching for the information and dancing.
(Havasu Falls, Havasupai Indian Reservation. Photo by M. Quinn)

Dawn Pisturino

November 22, 2021

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25 responses to “A Tribute to Native American Culture

  1. you are great a lot of experience and knowledge please share with me about experience

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  2. Truth2Light says:

    Nice ❀️

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  3. Iowa Life says:

    Hey Dawn your post reminded me how much i liked that southwest/Navajo style artwork so I’m throwing up a post on it.

    That would have been an interesting time for you.

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  4. […] enjoy. I wouldn’t have even thought of it but I was reminded of it when I saw a post on dawn pisturino’s blog about her time in nearby Flagstaff. Call me crazy but if you look at the artwork in packaging and […]

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  5. WOW, what a beautiful tribute Dawn. πŸ™πŸ½ Oh girl, what a blessing it is to learn about the diverse cultures within our nation’s melting pot. I hope to get back out to the southwest again one day. My husband and I were only in the area for a week and there was so much we didn’t get to see and do. PBS had a wonderful documentary about the many tribes of the land way before it became the U.S.A. Oh, how fascinating.

    Yet, having first-hand experience is a treasure that I am sure you will always cherish. Thanks so much for sharing a memory from an experience that many people do not talk about nor know about. πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ’–πŸ¦‹πŸŽ¨πŸŽΆβœ¨πŸ₯‚

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    • Yes, there is a lot to see and do, and there is a special spiritual quality about the Southwest. I hope you and your husband do come back, Kym!

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      • Thank you Dawn. We are certainly looking forward to getting back out that way. I agree with you that the short time we were out there, we felt that special spiritual quality you speak of. It’s a different flavor from the east coast, which we are accustomed to. I love learning about culture and customs that bring us together in such a strong and profound way. I appreciate you girlfriend! πŸ€—πŸ™πŸΌπŸ˜

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      • Thank you, Kym, and I’m glad we met on WordPress. You have so much wisdom and compassion!


  6. Michele Lee says:

    A beautiful post, Dawn. I had the pleasure of attending a Powwow in Prescott before the pandemic.

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  7. GHLearner says:

    What a beautiful post. I bookmarked it to look at the art and videos more thoroughly when I have more time.

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  8. auntyuta says:

    A beautiful blog. I’d like to reblog it! Uta

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  9. Beautiful. But the horror of what was done can never be forgotten.

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