Portrait of Ya-otza Beg-ay
[Navajo Name: Ya’otza biye’, The son of Stooping Over, Lichíí Deez’áhí, Red Point and Miguelito]

By Elbridge Ayer Burbank

Maternal Clan: Honágháahnii [One Walks Around Clan]
Paternal Clan: Áshiihí [Salt People Clan]
Father: Ya-otza
Mother: Unknown
Spouse: Tpapa-A [Maria Antonio, HUTR 1918]
Children: ‘Alnaabaa’ [Estzan-Lapa, HUTR 3426], Marie Curley [see HUTR 2012], and Mrs. Ben Wilson.

This portrait is of Ya-otza Beg-ay, also known as “Miguelito”, a name given by J.L. Hubbell. He worked for the Hubbell family in Ganado and the Fred Harvey Co. at Grand Canyon, AZ and Albuquerque, NM. Originally from Salina Spring, AZ, Miguelito frequently attended the poker games at Hubbell Trading Post. J.L. Hubbell introduced him to Maria Antonio who became his wife. He was a medicine man who specialized in a variety of sings, including the nine night Yé’ii bicheii ceremony. He was a good friend and working partner of Dr. Clarence Salisbury of Ganado, who was known as ‘Azee’ííl’íní Tsoh [Big Doctor].

Conte crayon on paper.
L 38.2, W 26.7 cm
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, HUTR 2033