Adee Dodge (1911-1992)
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Adee Dodge was the grandson of the first Navajo Tribal Chairman, Chee Dodge. He studied at the University of New Mexico and received a master’s degree from Columbia University in Comparative Linguistics and Anthropology. He started painting while recovering from war wounds he received while serving in the South Pacific during World War II. A self taught painter, he focused his work on preserving the symbols and stories of the Navajo Religion. His work has been featured in Arizona Highways and at the Smithsonian.
His trademark was the Navajo hair-roll, which is a symbol of the Navajo people. Under this he would sign his name Adee. He would also include birds, the bluebird, which symbolizes the Seagoing people of the East and the flying swallow, symbol of the Swallow people of the West.
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