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date: 22 January 2020

Hardin, Helen [Tsa-sah-wee-eh: ‘Little Standing Spruce’]locked

(b Albuquerque, NM, May 28, 1943; d June 9, 1984).
  • Frederick J. Dockstader

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[Tsa-sah-wee-eh: ‘Little Standing Spruce’]

(b Albuquerque, NM, May 28, 1943; d June 9, 1984).

Native American Pueblo painter of Santa Clara, NM. Her father was Herbert O. Hardin, an Anglo, and her mother was the Pueblo painter Pablita Velarde. She attended high school in Albuquerque, NM, and was awarded an Indian Art project scholarship in 1960, which influenced her decision to turn to art as a career. By the late 1960s she had developed a highly successful style. She worked in acrylics, casein, pen and ink, and just before her untimely death, of cancer, she had begun a series of etchings. After leaving Santa Clara Pueblo she lived most of her life in Española, NM. She had a brief marriage to Pat Terrazas, which ended in divorce, and later married Cradoc Bagshaw, a Santa Fe Anglo photographer. Greatly influenced by her mother, and even more so by Joe Hilario Herrera, a noted Cochití artist and son of Tonita Peña, Hardin became one of the most widely known Pueblo painters. Her early focus was the usual genre form, but in ...

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