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Harrison Juan

This artist was originally inspired to create his well-known, award-winning figures wearing sunglasses by a customer, whose sunglasses reflected the artist himself. Carved from pieces of cottonwood, found along creek beds, his distinctive figures represent Navajo men and women, traditional and modern.
Many are slyly amusing, created with typical, Navajo dry humor. For example: A grinning woman holding a coke can, with a good-looking fella reflected in her sunglasses. Others may have a bit of edgy but affectionately observed commentary: A blond tourist woman, camera slung around her neck, decked out in moccasins, and loaded with turquoise jewelry. Whatever the subject, Harrison is one of the premier names in Navajo folk art, today.