Elbridge Ayer Burbank
The Navajo people called Burbank, Hastiin Naaltsoos Yik’ndaa’anilí [A Man who Puts You On A Piece of Paper] or Náá’hanaa’dil [Dangling Eye] perhaps referring to his glasses that hung on a chain. E.A. Burbank resided as a guest of J.L. Hubbell in Ganado for many years. This photograph shows him living in Polacca, Arizona in 1904. One of the Navajos noted, “There is one artist I recall pretty well. His name was E.A. Burbank. They might have more artists here, but he’s the one I [knew] real well. He taught me to draw but I didn’t learn.” “Hatiin Naaltsoos Yik’ndaa’anilí [A Man who Puts You On A Piece of Paper] is probably what they called him. Burbank sat on the wall on the north side of the trading post, by the other door that opens that way. He was never in the store. He asked the people to be painted and the people said o.k.” "They used to call him Náá’hanaa’dil [Dangling Eye]."
Paper. L 12.7, W 20.2 cm
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, HUTR 4693