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Ref., American Indian Jewelry III: M-Z 2,100 Artist Biographies
BY GREGORY SCHAFF ASSISTED BY ANGIE YAN SCHAAF
Roger Tsabetsaye (Roger J. Tsabetsaye, Eagle's Tail), (stamps R. Tsabetsaye, hallmarks - eagle's tail, Knifewing shield) (Zuni, active 1957-present: raised inlay, silver & gold jewelry, flatware, paintings, pottery, teacher)
BORN: October 29, 1941;
RESIDENCE: Zuni Pueblo, Albuquerque, NM
FAMILY: m. grandson of Jesusita Weahkee Jesuita & Henry Gasper (Governor in 1930s); p. grandson of Manuelito Tsabetsaye; son of Joe Tsebetsaye & Susan Gasper Tsabetsaye; brother of Jane Besselente, Mary Eriacho, Joe Tsabetsaye, Carolyn Tsabetsaye, Edith Tsabetsaye, Cecilia Tsabetsaye, Johnita Tsabetsaye; husband of Julie; father of Roger Tsabetsaye, Jr., Darrel Tsabetsaye, Roderick Tsabetsaye, Jona Renee T. Lemontino
EDUCATION: 1957-60, Albuquerque Indian School; 1960-63, Southwest Indian Art Project, University of Arizona; 1962-63, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe; 1963-65, School for American Craftsmen, Rochester Institute of Technology
TEACHER: Charles Loloma (jewelry); Joe Herrera, Andreas Anderson (painting); Lloyd Kiva New (fabric design), Teofilo Tafoya
STUDENTS: Elanda Wyaco, Zuni Craftsman Association students
CAREER: Instructor and administrator, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe; 1979-86, Tribal Councilman; 1982-86, Head Tribal Councilman, Tribal Treasurer; 1984 90, New Mexico State Commission on Indian Affairs
ASSOCIATIONS: Charter Member, Indian Arts & Crafts Association
AWARDS: 1959-66, Inter-tribal Indian Ceremonial, Gallup, NM; 1963, Outstanding Student Award, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe; 1989, 2nd, sets, 3rd, earrings, Indian Market, Santa Fe; 1989-91, Philbrook Museum Show, Tulsa OK; Scottsdale National Indian Art Exhibition, Scottsdale, AZ; Indian Market, Santa Fe; 1995, Zuni Show, Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ
EXHIBITIONS: 1962, "Indian Artists Exhibition," Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe; 1965-66, "Young American Indian Artists," Riverside Museum, New York, NY; 1967, "Artist of the Year," Indian Arts & Crafts Board, Department of Interior, Washington, D.C.; 1968, Arizona State Museum, Tucson, AZ; 1960s-97, Indian Market, Santa Fe; 1981, Philbrook Museum Show, Tulsa OK; 1982, Heard Museum Show, Phoenix, AZ; 1986, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe; 1987, Tulsa Indian Art Festival, Tulsa, OK; 1991, Intertribal Indian Ceremonial, Gallup, NM; 1996, "Visions + Voices: Native American Painting from the Philbrook Museum of Art," Philbrook Museum, Tulsa, OK; 2002, "Jewels of the Southwest," Museum of Indian Arts & Cultures, Santa Fe
COMMISSIONS: President Lyndon Johnson, necklace for wife of Costa Rican President Orlich
COLLECTIONS: mosaic bracelet, ca. 1964, #25/6289, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC; Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe; Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; Indian Arts & Crafts Board, Department of Interior, Washington, D.C.; Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe; Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ; Philbrook Museum, Tulsa OK; Jan Duggan
FORMS: bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pendants, pins, rings
MATERIALS: gold, silver, coral, turquoise, coral, lapis lazuli; oil, casein, clay, enamel
PUBLICATIONS: Snodgrass 1968; Brody 1971; Tanner 1973; Axford 1980; U.S. Dept. of Interior, "Indian Arts & Crafts Board Source Directory," 1980-81, 1982-83; American Indian Art Magazine Spring 1985; Hill 1991:146; Bassman 1992:3, 15; 1996; Lester 1995:570; Wyckoff 1996; Bear 1998:58; Wright 2000:170.
Roger Tsabetsaye is a leading figure in American Indian arts and education. As an artist, teacher and public official, his distinguished career is commendable. His leadership has helped to inspire the contemporary Indian arts movement.
Tsabetsaye's jewelry teacher at the Institute of American Indian Arts was Charles Loloma, perhaps the most celebrated jeweler in history. From Loloma and educational visionary Lloyd Kiva New, Tsabetsaye learned to expand his horizons: ". . . they stressed there are no limits and nothing is one sided. So what you're doing is you're beginning to understand the depth of life or who you are . . . And I think once you begin to analyze all that contains life and understand yourself, in the true art world, there are no divisions.”
Tsabetsaye's educational experience inspired him to become a teacher and a professional artist: "I think the ultimate depth of who you really are as a person or as an artist . . . can be found through the freedom of expression to understand universal art."
Tsabetsaye explored both the old and the new in Indian art: "I think you can do traditional art forms, as well as contemporary abstract forms, if you come through with what you intend to interpret and express." (Wyckoff 1996)
Inventory #: 775ZUN90
Size: - 7 – L. 1” X W. ¾”
Artist/Hallmark: Roger Tsabetsaye / R. TSABETSAYE ZUNI
Condition: Excellent Vintage Condition,
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