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  • Writer's pictureJohn Graybill

Chief of the Desert

Updated: Nov 3, 2020

One of Florence’s favorite images was Chief of the Desert – Navajo. She included it as the first portfolio image in her book Visions of a Vanishing Race published in 1976. Curtis’ description of this image is “Picturing not only the individual but a characteristic member of the tribe – disdainful, energetic, self-reliant.” I think that certainly tells the story.

Jim, the dutiful son, once checked on Florence and Hank’s outside storage shed as they were starting to get rid of things at their Laguna Hills, California home before moving. Oh my gosh… unprotected from heat… he found multiple gold tones! Florence and Hank told him to take them, and he did. They hung on our walls for many years after that.

​Carol Graybill

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