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 Harrison (Haskay Yahne Yah) Begay  (1914 - 2012)



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Lived/Active: Arizona/New Mexico      Known for: genre-Indian, wildlife, and mural painting, silkscreen

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Deborah Tubbs

4 Plants sand painting
Signed by Harry Begay size 12"x 12". Can anybody tell me about this? I found it at a garage sell.

Kathy Godfrey

Harrison Begay art
I bought what was said to be a painting by Harrison Begay at an estate sale in Orlando. There is a woman holding a doe, with a deer in the foreground (or horns could be goat), and a rainbow dipping down with rainbow god(?).
The English name is on the lower right and the Dineh name is lower left.
Would appreciate any information.


unfished hoopboy, signed, no copyright and not same as finished artwork
I have an uncopyrighted hoop boy which appears to be unfinished. It is 8x10 and does not have all of the finished work on hoopboy. It is signed on left bottom H. Begay only. It came with a collection of Harrison Begay prints, sands,and a rug. Does anyone know anything about his unfinished art and how it could have become part of this collection. I believe it is an original watercolor. thanks Deb


unfished hoopboy, signed, no copyright and not same as finished artwork
I have an uncopyrighted hoop boy which appears to be unfinished. It is 8x10 and does not have all of the finished work on hoopboy. It is signed on left bottom H. Begay only. It came with a collection of Harrison Begay prints, sands,and a rug. Does anyone know anything about his unfinished art and how it could have become part of this collection. I believe it is an original watercolor. thanks Deb

Douglas DiBona

H. Begay Eagle Dance
I am trying to find out about this art work signed H. Begay


Harrison Begay
I have a watercolor painting signed by Begay and I can't find any info on it. The watercolor has four indians standing holding a flat object with feathers around it and a string from each going to one on the ground and an indian is sitting down holding a spoon hitting a drum. The background is black. Any info on this will be helpfull. Thanks.


H. Begay
1/17/09 I also own an H. Begay piece of art. Not sure if it is a silk screen, water color, etc. In the early 1980's my husband bought it for me in a gift shop featuring Native American St. Ignace, MI. The picture is very similar to the one described by "Dot".(8/30/07) However, the boy's pants (that are tucked into the top of the high brown boots) are white, not tan as she said. Also, H. Begay's name is hand printed in the bottom right corner. There is no "c" before it.The colors are rich and lovely. Also, the branch against which the two arrows are propped, are part of a bush with small green "coin like" leaves. There is a Tewa silk screen prints info sticker on the back. I'd like to hear if anyone else knows of this one. Thanks.


Begay - Silk screen vs original ?
It sounds like there are terrific silk screens out there by not only Begay but other artists. Is there a way to identify good old silkscreens against good old ORIGINAL PAINTINGS? Are there details we can seek by eye or magnifier to tell a silkscreen vs an original?

les yoke

begay stallion painting rainbow
Have friend with original begay painting purchased i 1960's from shiprock, nm area. Has a stallion jumping over a rainbow. believe watercolor. Trying to get more information on painting. thanks


Begay Silkscreens
I've just purchased 2 Begay silkscreens. Neither one is marked with the Tewa Enterprise copyright. What would this mean, if anything?

I also have a silkscreen by Frank Vigil with the Tewa Enterprise mark.



H. BeGay
I also ran across two paintings cleaning out a friends Grandpa's house. I would like to ask someone with information on this
H. BeGay
My photo's have been sealed with matt paper . where would the copyright Tewa?

Chris Heath

H. Begay silkscreen
I have two H. Begay's one of a boy sand painting (silk screen reproduction) and one title Hoop Dance (copywrite Tewa Enterprises, Santa Fe, New Mexico) They appear to be sild screen reproductions, My mother bought them in mid-fifties. I would love to know more about them and insurance value. They are both about 6" x 7"high, and are matted about 10" square. I can email pictures if needed,

orlo johnson

i have a silk screen from h. begay. tewa ent. boy w/sandpainting.i would like to know approx. when this might have been produced and was there another made w/ it. i was told by the seller that someone bought only one of a set...and i found the other.i would like the other

Zoe Paine

General Answers in regard these prints
It is highly unlikely that any of these are originals. They are however very good quality silkscreens that were produced in Santa Fe for several decades. The company that produced them, Tewa Enterprises owned the rights to reproduce quite a few originals by a number of southwest native artists (and a few non-native.) These were not typically editions (the numbers were stock numbers)and were sold commercially for a VERY reasonable price (in the early 80's a 5" x 7" was $3.00 - matted) and could be found in the gift stores at the Smithsonian and the Wheelwright museums, to name a few. Do they have any value? It's like anything else, if somebody wants them, they do. The owner of Tewa sold off the business many years ago and at some point it shut down so they haven't been produced for quite awhile. I used to resell these prints and was always amazed that they went as inexpensively as they did. What they went for then should not be a gauge of what they go for now but you should not represent them as originals or limited editions. In any case, they are lovely...the two of the roadrunners was always one of my favorites. Hope that helps


begay prints
Cleaning out my mothers estate, Icame across 4 prints signed begay. There is a label saying silkscreen tewa enterprises. Two of these are of a young girl holding lambs. there is a slight variation between the two,the other two are of a young boy with a bow and arrow. The other is a young boy looking at indian emblem. Anyone out there know about these


H. Begay Sandpainting print
I have a silkscreen repro by H. Begay of a young man with a sandpainting. I was given it as a child in the 50s, and as I recall, there was a "matching" one of a girl -- perhaps with sheep? Would appreciate learning more about this. Thanks! Gwen


story braclet/wedding rings
I have a story braclet and his and hers wedding rings. Each piece has RH Begay stamped on them. My mother bought the pieces in the 70's in Arizona. Can you give me any information on these pieces?


H Begay
I have two 5 x 7 painting signed by H Begay, Hand - Panited - Tewa - Santa Fe can you tell me more?

Thank you,


H. Begay
I have a small water color depicting an Indian boy kneeling before a bush, stringing his bow. There are two arrows leaning against a branch. He has on long brown boots with a tan pair of pants tucked into the top. He is wearing an orange shirt, and cloth of turquoise around his head and a black square on his wrist. It is signed H. Begay in small black letters on bottom right side, preceded by a small "c" in a circle. Does anyone know about this painting? I love it.

Joan Burnside

Harrison Begay
My biography from the cover for "Navajo Girl and Sheep", from the Laboratory of Anthropology Santa Fe New Mexico says he served 3 years in the Signal Corps in Iceland, England, and the Normandy invasion.

It also says that many galleries "in the United States and Europe had shown his work before the war and some of his post-war paintings already are on exhibit in art museums. His time for art is limited now, for he is studying radio under the G.I. Bill of Rights, but facilities for painting when he has any leisure have been offered him by the Denver Art Museum."

Bonni Hoaglin

Harrison Begay
I do believe that Harrison Begay was one of the Navajo Code Talkers in WW11. He also has a grandson Noah Begay who is a professional golfer who is seen on TV with Tiger Woods.

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