Charles Lee (1926-2003) Hush Ka Yel Ha Yah - Warrior Who Came Out
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Born in 1926, Diné (Navajo) artist Charles “Charlie” Lee, or Hush Ka Yel Ha Yah (Warrior Who Came Out), developed a fascination with horses. An attendee of the Santa Fe Indian School, Lee was highly influenced by Harrison Begay, another of the legendary Navajo painters.
In her book, Southwest Indian Painting: A Changing Art, Clara Lee Tanner says that Lee’s paintings “combined the reality of his life with his imagination…” Lee hit the height of his career around 1948. He also became a reverend so that he could minister to his own people on the Navajo Reservation.
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