SFW&C Fiesta Featured Artist 1998
Sakiestewa, born in 1948, is a contemporary Native American artist renowned for her tapestries, works-on-paper, and for her public art/architectural installations. In the late 1960s, she traveled to New York City to study at the School of Visual Arts, then returned to the Southwest, where she took a job as an arts administrator at Santa Fe’s Museum of New Mexico.
Largely self-taught as a weaver, Sakiestewa uses prehistoric Pueblo techniques from the American Southwest. In 1994 she was invited to join the architectural design team for the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Mall Museum, Washington, D.C. In 2009 she closed her Santa Fe weaving studio to further develop her works-on-paper and painting and architectural projects.