Jess Lujan, Apache Arts

Tribe: Mescalero Apache
Based In: Renton, WA

About the Artist
Jess Lujan, Mescalero Apache, was born in 1951 in Hollister, California. He is proud of his Native heritage and believes there is a need to know the truth about the origin, location, and tribal history of Native American Tribes. From years of researching tribes and their locations, he developed a map of the United States titled "Portrait of Indian Heritage," as well as a "Directory of Native American Tribes of the United States," both of which are registered in the Library of Congress. After moving to Washington State, he finished a state map titled "Portait of Indian Heritage of Washington," and asked Master Carver George David (Nuu-chah-nulth) to paint a Native border around the map. Jess recently completed maps of California, Nevada, and Oregon. Together the California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington maps create a new West Coast map.

In February 2019, Jess Lujan passed away. The yəhaw̓ curatorial team are deeply honored to feature his work in our exhibition.