Harrison Begay

Perry Null Trading:

I imagine many people would like their picture with you, do you get to charge for that?

Harrison Begay:

I don’t charge for pictures, just interviews.

Perry Null Trading:

How old are you?

Harrison Begay:

They tell me I was born in 1914, but I do not know. They didn’t take a census at that time on the Reservation.

Perry Null Trading:

Where was your home as a child?

Harrison Begay

Harrison Begay:

I am from White Cone, which is north of Holbrook, AZ.

Perry Null Trading:

Your art has taken you all over the world. Where are some of the places you have traveled?

Harrison Begay:

I went to Japan once. They have art that is very similar to the Navajo style I do. An artist by the name of Fukuda from Japan studied at the Dine College in Tsaile. A TV station in Los Angeles did a program on us and I went to Japan in 1996. I have been to all parts of the United States and Europe.

Perry Null Trading:

What began your career in art?

Harrison Begay:

When I was a child I was always drawing something. I went to the Santa Fe Indian School. Before that I was taught to do art in a realistic style, but there they encouraged me to do my own style. This is the style I still do today.

Perry Null Trading:

Do you work often?

Harrison Begay:

Just a little now.

Perry Null Trading:

What were some of your big projects?

Harrison Begay:

I have done many murals. In Albuquerque I worked on the Maisel’s mural in the 1940s. I have one in Flagstaff, and others that I can not remember where they are.

Perry Null Trading:

What have been some awards you have received?

Harrison Begay:

Governor Bill Richardson recognized me as a Living Treasure.