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Renowned Diné artist Harrison Begay was a self-taught artist who attended the Santa Fe Indian School under Dorothy Dunn. His unique style and Navajo subject matter make him quite collectible. Begay specialized in watercolors and silkscreen prints. Harrison Begay (1914-2012) Haskay Yahne Yah - The Wandering Boy - signature Harrison Begay, or Haskay Yahne Yah (The Wandering Boy*) born in 1917, approximately fourteen miles west of present-day Greasewood, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation at a place known as Whitecone. When he was a boy of seven years, his mother died and soon after that he was sent off to government boarding schools. As he grew older he decided to study art in Santa Fe where an art school was organized by the government in the early 1930s. From 1934 until about 1940 he attended this school under Dorothy Dunn. Following art school, Harrison attended college and then enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II. Serving under General Dwight Eisenhower, Harrison did not have much opportunity to pursue his painting. Soon after his discharge and return to Arizona he was able to begin once more his study of art. Then in the 1960s he again met General Eisenhower at the annual Ceremonials in Gallup, New Mexico. At that time Harrison presented General Eisenhower with one of his fine paintings which is in a permanent collection in Washington, D.C. "Begay's paintings have exerted greater influence on Navajo artists than any others. His work is internationally known." Source askart.com

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