Evolving from the need to fashion homemade toys from whatever was lying around, Navajo folk art has become a highly collectible and enjoyable category of Native arts. Mostly, it now offers amusing views of human foibles, both Native and not. Native kids play Cowboys and Indians, just as all children seem to do. This Navajo folk art figure of the Lone Ranger is a wry comment on this, by a foremost practitioner of the genre.
Standing tall, immaculately dressed with matching boots, holster and gloves, this Masked Man wears a bright red neckerchief, along with his mask. His hat is white – because he’s a good guy, and also not Native. (Navajo men customarily wear black hats). He’s got his gaze and gun pointed at someone, ready to turn off the safety catch, so look out, outlaws!
Delightful on several levels, this colorful carving is amusing, nostalgic, decorative, and well-executed by one of the biggest names in Navajo folk art.