Navajo Chicken Pull – Painting by James King

I am doing this new exciting oil painting titled; Navajo Chicken Pull. It’s an old Navajo pass-time with the winner on horseback pulling the chicken out of the soft ground first while he (she-in this painting) is still on the horse.

Navajo Chicken Pull – Painting by James King

Speed and Horsemanship is the key. I have heard stories of this event and have put this painting together thru the story from my aunt Lucy. Painting is 50% from completion with more people looking on..

Happy Valentine – Painting by James King

James King (Woolenshirt)

James King with youth navajo name Biee’Di’cloo’ (Woolenshirt) from Bit’ahnii birth for Naaneesht’zh’ clan.Raised on a farm along the San Juan River.

In 1951 he was born in Shiprock, New Mexico
As a young member of the Dine’ (NavajoTribe) I started experimenting with shoe polish and housepaints.
The outhouse wall was artistic drawing board. Soon it was endless what you can do with house paints.

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  1. bob Kent says

    Hi My name is Bob Kent and I a historian. I am researching the old spanish game of Carrera del Gallo or chicken pulling introduced into the southwest. In some locations it was an event that happened on Saint Johns day. It was common in New Mexico, Arizona and California. I am interested in the painting and/or a print or scan that I could use in a research article.


    Bob Kent

    • Donna Osborn says

      Hi Bob Kent,
      I have a Harrison Begay painting of the game of Chicken Pull. It’s quite detailed, in excellent condition. Did you complete your research?

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