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Franc Johnson Newcomb’s documentation of Navajo art and culture—writing, lecturing, reproduction of ritual sandpaintings, and her collection of Navajo photographs, have made a significant impact on Southwestern studies. Her work, abetted by her friendship with Navajo leader Hosteen Klah, has been instrumental to the preservation of Navajo culture.

 

Newcomb’s career was shaped and etched by her experiences living on the Navajo Reservation, but her accomplishments remain relatively marginalized.

 

As a result of her relationship with the Navajo people, and a reputation as a woman with medicine, she received the Navajo name “Atsay Ashon” (medicine woman). 


Her collection of photographs and sandpaintings were gifted to the "Dine", the Navajo People, and are held at the Navajo Community college in Tsaile, Arizona, under the direction of Harry Walters, who was instrumental in bringing this collection to the college.


Here you will find Newcomb's extensive notes and documentation on the Navajo. 


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