Portrait of Chief Tjayo-ni
[Navajo Name: Ta’yooni’, One Who Is Kneading]
By Elbridge Ayer Burbank
Maternal Clan: Hopi
Paternal Clan: Unknown
Spouse: Unknown [Tódích’íi’nii, Bitter Water Clan]
Chief Tjayo-ni was one of the head chiefs at Fort Sumner. He lived north of Ganado Lake. Tjayo-ni always wore a buckskin outfit. He had small pouches of ‘aah nanoogáád [specially treated corn pollen] tied to his shirt [This particular medicine [corn pollen] was used for giving strength, power, and protection]. He was named while on a war party with a neighboring tribe. Tayoni lived toward Woodsprings and was married to a Tódích’íi’nii clan woman. He was a Hopi married to a Navajo.
Oil on canvas. L 33.0, W 22.7 cm.
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, HUTR 3507