Historic Designers

This page is for Native people working in type, layouts, illustration, etc. in the first half of the 20th century and earlier, as well as notable deceased persons in the 20th century.

Sequoyah (Cherokee)
c. 1770–1840
Invented the Cherokee syllabary. Did not speak or read English.

"Oil on canvas painting of Sequoyah with a tablet depicting his writing system for the Cherokee language"

“Oil on canvas painting of Sequoyah with a tablet depicting his writing system for the Cherokee language”

Angel De Cora (Hinook-Mahiwi-Kalinaka) (Hochunk, also known as Winnebago)
1871–1919
Illustrator

Lone Star Dietz (Sioux)
Illustrator. Married to and worked with Angel De Cora until they later divorced. Designed  artwork for the monthly Indian School magazines at Carlisle Indian School along with Angel De Cora.

Louis Karoniaktajeh Hall (Mohawk from Kahnawake)
January 15, 1918 – ?
Created artwork/designs for the American Indian Movement