Arlene Williams

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Arlene Nofchissey Williams is an American Indian artist, singer, sculptor, painter, and seamstress and is said to be the first American Indian woman with a Grammy nomination. She has been on the red carpet, in magazines and in the limelight and in 2013 she returned to the spotlight as a special guest for the Highland City Arts Council presentation.

Williams is a full-blooded Navajo and was born in Fort Defiance but was then raised off the reservation. She studied for a time at Brigham Young University in the Visual Arts Department and then at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Throughout her life she created art in different mediums and and found the theme of healing and love in each of her works. She is the mother of seven children and has 25 grandchildren.


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