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Painted Desert; painted homes

Modified: Wednesday, Nov 13th, 2013


A mural for The Painted Desert Project on the Navajo reservation.
A modern-day medicine man on the Navajo Nation heals broken bodies with his medical degree and mends souls with his artwork.

Physician Chip Thomas has practiced family medicine on the Nation for the past 26 years. Thomas moved there in 1987 to fulfill a four-year obligation with the National Health Services Corps to work in a health shortage area after finishing medical school.

I dont necessarily associate my being here with being in Arizona. I have a great deal of difficulty with the politics in Arizona, but the Navajo Nation feels to be apart from the rest of the state of Arizona. I love the land. I love the people, Thomas said.

For the past four years, Thomas has been decorating various structures across the reservation, such as water tanks, vendor stands and buildings, with enormous, life-like portraits of Navajo people.

For the complete article see the 11-13-2013 issue.

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