Louise Abeita

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Louise Abeita
Born September 9, 1926
Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico, United States
Died July 21, 2014 (aged 87)[1]
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Nationality Isleta Pueblo-American
Occupation Author, Poet, Educator
Known for Author of I Am a Pueblo Indian Girl

Louise Abeita Chewiwi (E-Yeh-Shure or Blue Corn)[2] (September 9, 1926 – July 21, 2014), was a Puebloan writer, poet, and educator, who was an enrolled member of Isleta Pueblo.[3]

Early life[edit]

Louise Abeita was born and raised at Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico.[2] Her father, Diego Abeita,[4] was active in tribal government. Her mother, Lottie Gunn Abeita, was from Laguna Pueblo.[citation needed]

I am a Pueblo Indian Girl[edit]

In order to showcase his daughter's poems, Diego brought together artists from Navajo, Apache and Pueblo communities to print a book based on them. This group formed the National Gallery of the American Indian (NGAI), and published Abeita's illustrated book.[2] She was 13 years old at the time.[3] I am a Pueblo Indian Girl (1939) has been described as the "first truly Indian book" by historians Gretchen Bataille and Laurie Lisa.[2]

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 their own art and culture for non-Native viewers.[2]

She appeared in the 1940 film short Fashion Horizons, showing her book to Hollywood starlets.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Louise Abeita at Find a Grave
  2. ^ a b c d e Bataille, Gretchen M.; Lisa, Laurie (2001). Native American women: a biographical dictionary. Taylor & Francis. p. 1. ISBN 978-0-415-93020-8.
  3. ^ a b "Louise Abeita (E-Yeh-Shure 'Blue Corn')". Native American Authors. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "Diego Abeita Papers, 1927-1981". Rmoa.unm.edu. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  5. ^ Donahue (Harry D.) (1 July 2018). "Fashion Horizons". Retrieved 1 July 2018 – via Internet Archive.


  • Abeita, Louise (1939). I am a Pueblo Indian Girl. W.Morrow and Company.
  • Weigle, Marta; Fiore, Kyle (2008). Santa Fe and Taos: The Writer's Era, 1916-1941. Sunstone Press. ISBN 978-0-86534-650-5.