Ramona Sakiestewa

Areas of Expertise:


Arts – The value of artmaking.


Cultural Preservation – As it relates to museums, cultural centers, cultural groups.


Other – Design in artchitecture, site design.


Ramona Sakiestewa grew up in the American Southwest, and lives and works in Santa Fe. For more than 30 years she has written and lectured about Native American weaving and contemporary art including a USIA lecture tour of Japan.

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