Ehren Kee Natay

2019 Story Maps Fellow / Ehren Kee Natay

Ehren Kee Natay is a multi-media artist from Santa Fe New Mexico and is a recognized member of the Navajo Nation. Ehren began playing percussion at the age of twelve and became a career professional by the age of nineteen. He toured and performed in venues in the Southwest and West-coast of the U.S. as he played drums for various groups in multiple genres. Meanwhile, Ehren dabbled as a self-taught painter. At the age 23 he decided to seek a new discipline in the field of art. He began studying silver-smithing, polychrome-pottery and 3-D fabrication at the Poeh Arts Institute at the Pueblo of Pojoaque. Now at the age of 33, Ehren has several of his visual works being preserved at two New Mexico Heritage Museums and at the Indian Arts Research Center. He has held exhibitions both nationally and internationally through galleries, museums, public installations, and site-specific theatrical performances. His current work further infuses his musical craft with visual aesthetics via live-performance. He continues to impact the youth as an arts educator in New Mexico public schools and among Native American communities across the nation.