LEGACY LEADERS

Lenora Naranjo-Morse

(Santa Clara Pueblo)

Lenora Naranjo-Morse, (Santa Clara Pueblo), was deeply influenced by her mother, Rose, in the Tewa view of life that brings a sense of wholeness. She has been immersed in the spiritual practices that bring life through the womb into being a complete human being. Lenora Naranjo-Morse is a contemporary artist who energizes an ancestral sensibility into her art. She uses many earth based materials such as glittering micaceous clay and adobe - in addition to other media, especially “trash” that can be worked into art. Lenora Naranjo-Morse is literally a hands on learner and educator. Her public art piece at the National Museum of the American Indian, Always Becoming, in many ways exemplifies Lenora Naranjo-Morse’s leadership. Always Becoming is interactive, collaborative, and needs yearly, collective tending. She involves public and brings in artists from Sonora, Mexico to work with her. She widens the circle, sends her art into other hands for caretaking and renewal. Her art and life process, contemporary but with deep grounding in her homeland, exemplifies Spirit Alignment and the standard bearing of a Legacy Leader.