Keeva by Ehren Kee Natay Nativo Artist Guest Room

Keeva by Ehren Kee Natay

Keeva by Ehren Kee Natay at Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque

Ehren Kee Natay (Diné/Kewa Pueblo) is a recipient of the 2012 SWAIA/Nativo Lodge Rising Artist Fellowship. He is a contemporary street art style artist. His work explores the beauty and taboo of his culture. Natay’s room portrays a buffalo dancer, a water serpent and includes a photographic print on metal as well as other artistic elements that nod to pop culture and comic book style design.

Avanyu, a Tewa deity, the guardian of water. She is depicted as a horned, feathered, water serpent. Avanyu is often depicted in pottery and petroglyph designs. Ehren’s Avanyu is reminiscent of a Yakuza Japanese style of design.

The Buffalo Dance is a ceremonial dance that has been uniquely adapted by each pueblo. Ehren’s Buffalo Dancer is in the pueblo of Pojoaque style.  The room also contains a metallic photograph of Ehren wearing a mask he made.

See photos of the room’s creation on Facebook


A metal photo print of Ehren wearing a mask he made above the bed.

About the Artist Guest Rooms at Nativo Lodge:

Nativo Lodge has commissioned four Native American contemporary artists to transform guest rooms into works of art. This bold artist room project is the first of its kind in New Mexico. “These new artist rooms offer our guests a very unique experience unlike anything else in New Mexico,” said Heritage Hotels and Resorts, Inc. CEO, Jim Long. “Most people experience art in galleries or  museum settings.   The opportunity for our hotel guests to sleep in a guest room that is an art piece in itself, promises to be one of the most exciting and stimulating experiences anywhere.  These artist guest rooms, designed by emerging Native American artists, are deeply rooted in cultural traditions but express themselves in surprising ways.  These artist rooms take the hotel guest room experience to another level. ”

Nativo Artist Room Reservations are only available by calling Nativo Lodge at: 505-843-5300 or 888-628-4861

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Artist Guest Rooms are in a community partnership in conjunction with the Southwest Association of Indian Arts (SWAIA).

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