Portrait of Neh-Az-Bah
[Navajo Name: Níhaazbaa’, From Earth, She Ascended Raiding, Other names: Elizabeth or Elizabeth Shepherd]
By Elbridge Ayer Burbank
Maternal Clan: Tl’ízí Lání [Many Goats Clan]
Paternal Clan: Tódíchíi’nii [Bitter Water Clan]
Father: Dahaana Nééz Slivers [Hastin Nez, see HUTR 3416]
Mother: Mrs. Slivers
Spouse: John Curley
Children: Alice Curley Bluehouse, Harriet Curley Manuelito, Ruth Curley Chadecloi, David Curley, and Maybelle Curley Chavez.
Sibling: Two-he [see HUTR 1963], Asdzaa Su’gí, Ma’ii deeshgiizhinii Nééz Ba’ Asdzaa, Tonto [see HUTR 1913], Apache [see HUTR 1930], and Jim Slivers. Adele Slivers, Ned Slivers, Wilfred Slivers, and Mary Slivers Foley.
This portrait is of Neh-Az-Bah, also known as Elizabeth Shepherd, when she was about 25 years old. She was one of the first students of Reverend Bierkemper, the first missionary at the Ganado Presbyterian Mission. Neh-Az-Bah was raised by Mrs. Bierkemper. She died young of tuberculosis and left five children.
Conte crayon on paper. L 42.4, W 31.0, T 1.8 cm [with frame]
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, HUTR 2019