"Art is an expression to release thoughts, ideas, and emotion. As a mother, my children reflect ancestral knowledge therefore I am obliged to learn & teach about my Diné culture. Living in Western society and practicing Indigenous culture has brought unethical issues to my attention among women, children, and people. Only in my creative space, I’m able to convey my feelings in a visible image for others to see."
Shondinii Walters is a Diné artist originally from Tuba City, Arizona. She attended Diné College where she worked toward her associate’s degree in Social and Behavioral Science. Shondinii had a life changing experience that caused her to move and continue her education at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her artworks include multiple mediums such as painting, sculpture and jewelry. Each medium derives from different inspirations of family, and cultural experiences. She currently works from home and maintains a family of four in Ponderosa, New Mexico, near Jemez Pueblo.