“The Navajo way is to treat the Earth and its elements as sacred,” explains Lehi ThunderVoice Eagle Sanchez, who grew up in Ganado Arizona on the Navajo Reservation.
Working with natural elements comes naturally to the artist. Lehi spent most of his life immersed in the ANASAZI Foundation, co-founded by his father (Totanac, Mexico) and mother (Navajo Nation), an organization that provides wilderness therapy for at-risk youth.
Weaving his roots in natural and native environments, Lehi stewards his heritage through his art and craft.
Lehi also expresses social reflections through his drawings, oils, and painted art, often reimagining cult classics such as Starry Night, Birth of Venus, Girl With a Pearl Earring, and American Gothic.
His limited edition hats are “lovingly made”, and each said to hold a story. Materials used are up-cycled from a careful selection of already-available wools and animal leathers, ensuring that they are reusing “what has already been given”. From there they are steamed and shaped, and many hold goodies such as crystals, palo santo, and other herbs.
Enjoy a selection of his work below.
Prints, paintings, and hats at thundervoiceeagle.com.
AROUND 80% OF THE INCOME GENERATED WITHIN US NATIVE TRIBES IS THROUGH THE ARTS AND CRAFTS.