This is a monumental (18 3/4" by 31 1/2") drawing, of unusually large size among the artist's works, probably casein on heavy paper, the subject nine katsina dancers, signed with the artist's feather and shield device at lower right by the well known Navajo artist Johnny Secatero (1945-2010). Secatero is listed in Clara Lee Tanner's classic book on Southwest Indian Painting. The artist's works are in collections at the Eiteljorg Museum (Indianapolis), Wheelwright Museum (Santa Fe), Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff), and in numerous private collections around the nation. Paintings by him appear with some regularity at auctions of southwestern art and artifacts. I have had some difficulty locating a detailed biography online but I believe he was born in 1945 and died in 2010. If the obituary be for this same artist, and the name is unusual, then Secatero taught Navajo language and culture at Lukachukai Community School in far northeastern Arizona, and painted in his free time. This piece is in excellent condition. It is behind glass and seems to have slipped from its mountings behind that glass. Measurements as framed are 22 1/2" by 35 1/2". W.
Native American art large size original drawing by Navajo artist Johnny Secatero ( 1945-2010)