The gene for blue eyes entered the family when a man from Ohio settled here, in Laguna Pueblo, and married a Laguna woman. Their grandson inherited the gene for blue eyes. He became an artist, a photographer, and worked all his life with tribes across the country. For about ten years, he worked in California photographing celebrities and dignitaries at the Bob Hope Desert Classic and Ball. The work he is most known for is his collection of native portraits. They have taken him around the globe, and have been exhibited in galleries and embassies in places like London’s Barbicon, and the Czech Republic.
The name the Blue-Eyed Indian was first used at his bookstore in Laguna. After nine years, when he decided to close the store, the name stuck and has been used for other projects, but it will always be associated with that photographer, the Laguna man with blue eyes.
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