[Ahn-gee-bah], Navajo: 1. A woman who has returned from war to fight again.
I'M A WRITER, PHOTOGRAPHER & DESIGNER...
living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am Diné -- an 'Áshįįhi (Salt Clan) woman, as well as a native New Mexican of Spanish, Irish, and Sephardic ancestry. My name, which in English means a woman who has been to war and lived to fight again, was passed to me by my maternal great-grandmother and is a source of personal power that influences the unique narrative I bring to my many art forms.
In 2011, I earned my BFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM, upon which I created and independently published La Loca Magazine for four years. In conjunction with the development of this arts & culture publication, I launched the state's most successful Americana festival -- Rockabilly on the Route -- which I have co-produced since 2013. My fascination with the unique culture(s) of the United States continues to fuel me creatively and intellectually.
I have shown my photography at Santa Fe's Eggman and Walrus Gallery, and Axle Contemporary, as well as Albuquerque's Artistic Image.
A LIFELONG STORYTELLER...
I have been published in books, such as Effigies II, and literary publications including the UCLA American Indian Culture & Research Journal, as well as featured in several articles that can be viewed below. I am a member of the International Association of Professional Writers & Editors, I have received accolades from the National Newspaper Association, and my article on the Pueblo of Isleta residence ordinance was cited in the Fall 2012 American Indian Law Journal.
My love of story and communication extends into all areas of my work. My approach to branding, design, and social media marketing is to blend the power of words with the potency of visual aesthetics to develop each client's unique story or persona.
I believe my work has the distinct ability to capture or articulate the nuances of each project. I've worked with clients such as Rio Grande Credit Union, New Mexico Dept. of Health, Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Village of Los Lunas, Hines Corporation, Carolyn Pollack Jewelry, Dr. Louise Swartswalter and others to create dynamic, timeless work.
Whether you're a company, a small business, or an individual, my varied skills, professional experience and creative wheelhouse make me a go-to resource.
- Ungie D.