"Into the Storm"
By Dana Tiger
11" x 22"
Limited Edition of 1,000
3 1/2 x 7 3/4"
"By realizing the natural strength and courage of women in my
ancestry, I hope to portray the historical dignity and contemporary
determination of Native American women" Dana's work portrays Native
American women as historical and contemporary leaders. Her art
provides us with a glimpse of wisdom and spirit, embodied in the
subjects' determination to resolve and persevere. This ability is
drawn from her experiences as a young Creek, Seminole, and Cherokee
woman, surrounded by the art of her father, Jerome Tiger, whose
influence is felt wherever there is Native American all, and the
guidance of her mother, Peggy Tiger.
The Tiger name has a distinguishing place in the history of Native
American art. Although Jerome Tiger died when Dana was only five, he
left a prolific legacy. Jerome's brother, Johnny Tiger, Jr.,
recognized Dana's talent early, and served as a mentor and tutor
Inspired by her fathers work, Dana pursued her artistic skills, as a
way to know him. Through his delicate brush strokes she learned not
only her fathers' genius, but the extraordinary richness of the Native
During high school and college, Dana won numerous awards for her
paintings. In 1985, at the age of twenty-four, Dana began her full
time career as an artist. From the beginning, her one-woman shows have
been sellouts, establishing her as one of America's leading
Dana has enjoyed many triumphs and endured great tragedy; the death of
her father from an accidental gunshot wound in 1967; the murder of her
brother Chris in 1990; and in 1992, Lisa Tiger, Dana's only surviving
sibling tested positive for HIV, the virus which causes AIDS.
Dana's work continually reflects her involvement with her community,
and her advocacy for the rights of women and minorities, especially
Native Americans. She has donated paintings for poster projects to a
number of worthwhile campaigns. Among these are the National Police
Chiefs Convention, AIDS Coalition for Indian Outreach, American Indian
College Fund, American Cancer Society, Ozark Literacy Council, the
Indians in Medicine Project, the National Organization for Women, and
the Conference of the State of the American Family.
Dana married Donnie Blair on November 7, 1992. They have two children;
a daughter, Christie, and a son, Lisan. Dana divides her time between
her family, painting, traveling to art shows, and speaking about her
art, family, and Native American Women's issues. Dana, Donnie,
Christie, and Lisan enjoy living in the heart of the Cherokee Nation
where they are close to family and friends.