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New Mexico Museum of Art exhibition highlights exhibition by Native American artists

SANTA FE (AP).- A young Native American boy named Chii stares straight into the camera of Vicki Monks. His long, dark hair is tussled by the breeze as she captures his solemn expression while he waits for his family on the edge of a Yuchi burial ground in Oklahoma. Monks is telling a story of sorts with Chii’s photograph — a story about mixed American Indian ancestry. An age-old tradition among indigenous people throughout the world, the art of storytelling has transcended words for Monks and the other Native American artists who are part of the “New Native Photography, 2011” exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Art. Through a collection of seemingly simple and other more complex photographs, the artists are working to convey their perspective on everything from ancestry and environmental concerns to stereotypes and tribal sovereignty.