|Born||September 9, 1926
Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico, United States
|Died||July 21, 2014 (aged 87)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
|Occupation||Author, Poet, Educator|
|Known for||Author of I Am a Pueblo Indian Girl|
Louise Abeita was born and raised at Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico. Her father, Diego Abeita, was active in tribal government. Her mother, Lottie Gunn Abeita, was from Laguna Pueblo.
I am a Pueblo Indian Girl
In order to showcase his daughters poems, Diego brought together artists from Navajo, Apache and Pueblo communities to print a book based on it. This group formed the National Gallery of the American Indian (NGAI), and published Abeita's illustrated book. She was 13 years old at the time. I am a Pueblo Indian Girl (1939) has been described as the "first truly Indian book" by historians Gretchen Bataille and Laurie Lisa.
The book depicts the life of Abeita through prose and poetry. Themes throughout the book touch on Pueblo traditions, with illustrations by artists from NGAI complimenting her writing. This book is considered to be the first effort in the Pueblo community to document art and tradition to the non-Native community.
She appeared in the 1940 film short Fashion Horizons, showing her book to Hollywood starlets.
- Gretchen M. Bataille; Laurie Lisa (12 June 2001). Native American women: a biographical dictionary. Taylor & Francis. p. 1. ISBN 978-0-415-93020-8. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
- "Louise Abeita (E-Yeh-Shure 'Blue Corn')." Native American Authors. (retrieved 27 March 2011)