Cultural creativity must supersede history, popular art styles, and economic demands. It should serve a purpose beyond quaint marketing and mere decoration. Definitions of what is “art” versus “craft” are useful in stimulating a meaningful cultural dialogue. The lifeworks of Allan Houser-Haozous were intended to reevaluate the damaged dignity and identity of Indigenous people. Global art served as inspiration for Allan and his peers, with Indigenous art gaining recognition and overshadowing the constraints of western styles. The result was a uniquely creative Indigenous statement which expressed their own cultural merit and purpose. The intent of HAOZOUS PLACE is to present Indigenous art as equal to the world’s other great art.
– Bob Haozous,
Allan Houser Foundation
Bob Haozous with his father, Allan Houser-Haozous