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Awa Tsireh, also known as Alfonso Roybal and Cattail Bird, was one of the first Pueblo painters to receive recognition by the Santa Fe, New Mexico art community. Awa Tsireh was his Tewa Indian name, while Alfonso Roybal, was his family name.

Awa Tsireh had a profound influence on the work of many other artists, who were inspired by his wide range of subject matter, the delicacy of craftsmanship, color variations, and preservation of indigenous design elements. He primarily worked in watercolor and in transparent colored ink and pencil. His work in metal included silver, copper, nickel silver and aluminum and often included gemstones.

Today, his work is held by several museums, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Basket Dancers, about 1935

Basket Dancers, about 1935

Buffalo Dance Group

Buffalo Dance Group

Buffalo Dance, about 1925

Buffalo Dance, about 1925

Buffalo Mother, about 1920

Buffalo Mother, about 1920

Buffalo Mother, about 1935

Buffalo Mother, about 1935

Comanche Dance, 1925

Comanche Dance, 1925

Deer Dancers, about 1935

Deer Dancers, about 1935

Deer Design

Deer Design

Dog Dancers, about 1920

Dog Dancers, about 1920

Eagle Dancers, about 1920

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Eagle Dancers, about 1927

Eagle Dancers, about 1927

Flute Dancer, about 1920

Flute Dancer, about 1920

Hopi Snake Dancer, about 1920

Hopi Snake Dancer, about 1920

Kachinas - 2

Kachinas - 2

Mounted Warriors, about 1927

Mounted Warriors, about 1927

Navajo Yebijhi Dance

Navajo Yebijhi Dance

Ram & Antelope, about 1927

Ram & Antelope, about 1927

Running Horse, about 1927

Running Horse, about 1927