The Red Stars
Cont. Native American
Kevin Red Star gathering, Montana 2013. Left to right: Roberta Fog in the Morning, Steve and Kathy Lehmer, Coyote Red Star, Kaneeta Red Star, Kevin Red Star, Wallace Red Star Jr., Sage Real Bird (in back), (Connie) Red Star, Teya Young (on her knees), Marlon Red Star, Chrislynn Nomie Red Star, Doonie Young and Sunny Sky Red Star.
Daniel Gibson, author, earned a B.A. in journalism and photography from the University of New Mexico and has worked as a freelance writer and editor for numerous publications, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, American Way, Outside, Sierra, ARTnews, Animals, Ski, Powder, the Santa Fean, Cowboys & Indians, New Mexico Magazine, Southwest Art, and Indian Artist. He served as editor of Native Peoples magazine for twelve years, and as a columnist for the Santa Fe New Mexican. Gibson edited the book Body, Mind & Spirit: Native Foods of the Americas, and has also written four major guidebooks, including the popular Pueblos of the Rio Grande: A Visitor's Guide. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. www.danielbgibson.com
A seasoned photojournalist, Kitty Leaken creates documentaries that preserve art and culture of native peoples of the world. After graduating from Stanford University, she worked at newspapers in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and then ran a nonprofit, Art Refuge, for displaced youth in Tibet, India and Sri Lanka.
She has been the photographer for several books, including: Art of Exile: Paintings by Tibetan Children in India (Museum of New Mexico Press), Cafe Pasqual's (Ten Speed/Random House) and Cooking with Johnny Vee (Gibbs Smith).
She met Kevin Red Star when working on Contemporary Native American Artists (Gibbs Smith) and knew that the time was right for a book about him. Spending time documenting the Red Star clan in Montana at Crow Fair and on the ranch was a cherished opportunity to learn and honor traditional ways.
Contemporary Native American Artists, by Suzanne Deats, photography by Kitty Leaken. Gibbs Smith, publisher, 2012. Featuring 18 world class artists, including Kevin Red Star, Jody Naranjo, Joe & Althea Cajero, Greyshoes Ethelbah, Fritz J. Casuse, Adrian Wall, Dyani Reynolds-WhiteHawk, Penny Singer, Ed Archie NoiseCat, Rhett Lynch, Malcolm Furlow, Randy Lee White, C.J. Wells, Richard Aitson, Jhane Myers and Michael and Melanie Kirk-Lente.