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Amil Pedro


Amil Pedro is a self-taught artist from the Gila River Indian Community – Maricopa. His father was Arthur Pedro, Maricopa and Cahuilla, and his mother was Rosita Collins, Quechan. As a small boy, Amil learned native craft/reproductions from his uncles. He won boxes of art supplies and food in his first competitions, progressing to a First Place in the Cahokia Mounds Contemporary Art Show in 1999. Today he works in acrylic, ink, pencil, and watercolor, and provides workshops in flint knapping, gourd decorating, bow and arrow making, the atlatl, and making of stone tools,

In 2002, Amil was commissioned by the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa to design a blanket throw, “Gila River Dreams”, and produce more than 40 acrylic, ink, and watercolor paintings. He has been a featured demonstrator at the Heard and Pueblo Grande Museums in Phoenix and at the Museum of Man in San Diego, and currently is a member of the “Spirit Keepers” with the Agua Caliente Museum in Palm Springs where he will conduct a workshop on the atlatl in February 2007.

For 27 years, Amil served the State of Arizona in Facilities Management and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department in the Man Tracking Unit, locating people who were lost in the desert. Skills perfected during those years were taught in two summer Man Tracking programs in 2006, with students creating their own Walking Sticks.

Amil has twice received the Arizona Governor’s Award for Excellence and his artistry was recognized in the February 2006 issue of the Arizona Highways magazine.

Cahuilla Quechan

Previous AILTA Recipients

Margaret Acosta
Craft: Basket Weaver, language master
Tribe: Tohono O'odham
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