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Kweo/Wolf Kachina, United Nuclear Corporation Uranium Tailings Spill

Patrick Nagatani

(Chicago, 1945 - October 27, 2017, Albuquerque)

1989

Ilfocolor print

20 in. x 24 in. (50.8 cm x 60.96 cm)

Gift of George Stephanopoulos

2008.137

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The Rio Puerco, which stretches from western New Mexico to eastern Arizona, carries water contaminated with radioactivity 10 to 100 times the maximum acceptable level. Nagatani pasted a photograph of a dancer costumed as Kweo, or the Wolf Kachina (a spirit in the Hopi religion revered for his hunting prowess), on his photograph of the river. Behind the dancer are images of toy sheep, seemingly dead; the river is the only water for them to drink. “Studies say it’s just about OK to drink the water, which means not to touch it,” mused Nagatani.

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Native American
Nuclear
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United States