(1926 - 1984)
David Chetlahe Paladin was active/lived in Arizona, New Mexico / Mexico. David Paladin is known for abstract, Native American and non-objective painting, symbolism.
Biography David Paladin
Growing up wasn't easy for David Paladin, born 1926. He wasn't white and he wasn't red; he was a half-breed, something that was looked down upon in the 1930's.
He was the son of a Navajo Indian mother and a white missionary father, spending his early years on the Navajo reservation near Chinle, Arizona.
Friends were hard to come by when the teachers at missionary schools and the Santa Fe Indian School held him up as an example because he was light-skinned. But Joe Wilson, a full-blooded Navajo cousin liked him. "It's what's inside you that counts. It's not whether you're Indian or white," Joe counseled.
An incorrigible runaway, a stowaway, a secret agent, a WW II prison camp survivor, Paladin's life story sounds more li
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