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A sculpture of Allan Haozous in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Photo: Ron Gogswell
Google Doodle celebrates legacy of Apache artist Allan Haozous
Friday, November 3, 2023

The work of the legendary Apache artist Allan Haozous (Houser) is being honored as search engine giant Google celebrates Native American Heritage Month.

Haozous (1914-1994) was well known for depictions of Native people and Native life. The artwork that is featured prominently on the Google homepage — otherwise known as a Google Doodle — shows him working on a sculpture of an Apache man and woman.

The Google Doodle for November 3, 2023, was created by artist Lynnette Haozous, one of the members of the extended Haozous family. Allan was her great uncle.

“When I was little, I would always see one of Allan Houser Haozous’ bronze sculptures of Apache People in downtown Phoenix, AZ,” Lynnette Haozous tells Google of her upbringing in Arizona. “From my point of view, those Apache figures looked as tall as all those buildings around it.”

“That solidified in my mind an image of proud Apache people, standing tall, still here, resilient and strong,” says Lynnette, who is currently based in New Mexico.

Allan Haozous was Chiricahua Apache. He belonged to the Fort Sill Apache Tribe, whose people were held as prisoners of war by the United States in the late 1800s after being removed from their homelands in the present-day American Southwest. The tribe was eventually removed to Oklahoma, the location of its headquarters, although some lands have been reacquired in southern New Mexico.

The “Haozous” name is the preferred spelling of the more Americanized “Houser” name that Allan was known by for most of his life.