Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Market Poster Presented.(Journal North)

Byline: Journal Staff Report

* Navajo artist inspired by events of 9-11 and war in Iraq for contest-winning entry

Navajo painter David John says that pondering both 9-11 and the war in Iraq gave him the idea for the painting that won this year's Indian Market poster contest.

The painting, titled "Rain Chant," is his own interpretation of Navajo "deity symbols." Its central figure wears a headdress of red, white and blue feathers; the background includes storm clouds and the foreground, symbols for corn.

The painting is about cleansing, healing and "a new beginning," John said at the unveiling of the 82nd annual Indian Market poster Thursday. …

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