1907 - 1998
Born on October 5, 1907, at Chinle, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation, Gorman is a member of the Black Sheep Clan. His mother and father founded the first Presbyterian mission at Chinle. Gorman’s father was also a trader and rancher; his mother pursued artistic interests through Navajo weaving.
With the outbreak of World War II, Gorman joined the U.S. Marines and became a Navajo Code Talker (their coded radio messages in Navajo were never broken by the Japanese in the Pacific theater of the war). At the conclusion of World War II, Gorman went to study art on the GI Bill at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. After completing his training, he became a technical illustrator for Douglass Aircraft, set up his own silk-screen company, and became an instructor in Native American Art at the University of California at Davis. Gorman’s work is displayed in national and international galleries, he is known as a innovator in a variety of styles and media.
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Carl Nelson Gorman / Kin-Ya-Onnybeyeh