Please welcome Ed Kabotie to the Arizona Native Experience event. He will be performing at the event and has generously donated a painting to our silent auction.
My name is Ed Kabotie. I am from the village of Shungopagi and the Tewa village of Khap'o Owinge (Santa Clara Pueblo). On the day I was born, snow clouds hung over the mountains to the west of Santa Clara, so my aunt named me 'Okhuwa P'ing' (Cloud Mountain). My vision as an artist is to express the virtues of my Native American cultures. These expressions take the forms of overlay jewelry, watercolor paintings, traditional pottery, and trilingual (English, Hopi & Tewa) musical compositions.
My heritage is my inspiration. I am a third generation artist. Both my father and my grandfather before me were artists. My earliest memory is sitting with my father at the kitchen table of our home, with buffalo dance songs in my head, painting a picture to give to my dad. I am currently seeking to improve my skills and techniques in order to more effectively communicate my vision to the world.
2009 Listener's Choice Award (Male Artist of the Year) - KUYI Radio
2010 Recipient - Wolfus Family Fellowship - Wheelwright Museum
2011-2018 Artist in Residence - Museum of Northern Arizona
2015 Best River Song - Sierra Club Grand Canyon Campaign