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Chester Nez was one of the First Twenty-Nine Navajo Code Talkers in World War II. Following the war, he completed highschool in Lawrence, Kansas then enrolled in the art program and the University of Kansas. 


This is a restored Giclee Print of Chester Nez's original work created in 1949 while studying at the University of Kansas. The Original (also pictured), which is in rough shape, was recently gifted back to the family after being rescued from a dumpster in Pittsburgh, PA. The artwork caught the eye of the rescuer and upon closer inspection he noticed the signature and entry form on the back for a student art show at the University of Kansas. The rescuer had just finished reading Chester’s Memoir: Code Talker and instantly knew what he was holding in his hand. He proceeded to contact the family and arranged for its return to them.


The Nez family has been working to acquire, preserve, and catalog more of Chester's work.


The original work is on display at the gallery, and the family has made beautiful archival prints available for purchase so that you can enjoy it and to continue to fund their efforts to preserve and promote his work and the Code Talker story.


These prints are available EXCLUSIVELY through the Michael Gorman Gallery


These prints are available to you in two sizes:

  • $60.0 0 - 7" x 9" (image size) printed on 8 1/2" x 11" archival paper
  • $100.00 - 11" x 13 3/4" (image size) printed on 14" x 18" archival paper



Capturing, Digital Restoration and Prints by Taos Print and Photography Services in Taos, NM


*Prints do not include frame.


"Navajo Rider", 1949, Prints | by Chester Nez

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