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Patrick Nagatani

"Bida Hi"/Opposite Views; Northeast – Navaho Tract Homes and Uranium Tailings

From the series "Nuclear Enchantment"

(Chicago, 1945 - October 27, 2017)

1990

Ilfocolor print

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of George Stephanopoulos

2007.113

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While driving by a stretch of Navajo tract homes in Shiprock, New Mexico, Nagatani learned that 1.7 million tons of tailings were piled along 72 acres stretching into the center of the town, which has a population of 20,000. In the foreground a visitor spreads a foldout, postcard-like photograph of the view directly behind him. This image of Shiprock (known as “Bida Hi” or “rocks with wings” by the Navajo) suggests a loss of the blue-skies and beautiful land.

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