Jolene Yazzie

Graphic designer

Jolene Nenibah Yazzie is an American graphic designer, specializing in comic art. Her artwork predominantly features women as Native American warriors, and she utilizes bright colors and contrast in her works. Navajo art and the art of storytelling is a major foundation in Yazzie’s works. Because of the similarities of telling a narrative story in both comics and traditional Navajo art, the ability to combine the two is possible; according to Yazzie, many of the Navajo creation stories are similar to superhero stories in our current pop culture. The women in her artwork are meant to reflect her mother and the other strong women figures in her life. Yazzie wants to create strong and powerful female figure that would be the type that someone could look at and look up to, along with helping inspire their own inner strength.