Scholder was born in Minnesota in 1937, and by 1964 was teaching painting and art history at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. An enrolled member of the Luiseño tribe, Scholder influenced a generation of Native American students during his time in New Mexico. In 1970, he was invited to collaborate with the Tamarind Institute, where he created his first print portfolio, Indians Forever. He continued to work in lithography throughout his career, creating a distinct body of work through experimentations in line and color. He died in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2005.
Credit: Fritz Scholder, Dancers at Zuni, 1978. Lithograph, 22 1/2 x 30 in. Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Bequest of Carl I. Singer, 2021.001