Side shot of a large bison from its neck up.
Hope, Spiritual Sunrise. Photo taken at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, native land of the Blackfeet, Shoshone, and Nez Perce people. Photo by Eugene Tapahe.

In 2020 Eugene D. Tapahe (BFA ’92), a Diné (Navajo) web designer turned fine art photographer, was feeling distressed by the pandemic and an aunt’s death from the virus. Then one night he dreamt he was in Yellowstone National Park, sitting in tall grass and peacefully watching bison when jingle-dress dancers came to the grass and danced, bringing him healing and hope. This dream inspired Tapahe to create Art Heals: The Jingle Dress Project, which encourages peace and resilience. See more at

Four Native American women stand in traditional clothing in front of the Grand Teton mountains.
Four Worlds, Art Heals: The Jingle Dress Project. Photo taken at Grand Teton National Park, native land of the Shoshone, Bannock, Gros Ventre, and Nez Perce, featuring (from left) JoAnni B. Begay (’23), Erin T. Tapahe (BA ’19), Dion J. Tapahe (BS ’21), Sunni L. Begay (’21). Photo by Eugene Tapahe.
Four Native American young women in traditional clothing stand of the Great Salt Lake Salt Flats.
A dream inspired photographer Eugene D. Tapahe to take pictures of his daughters and other Native American young women in western landscapes where Native peoples once lived. Photo by Eugene Tapahe.

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