The making of a desert surf rock band

Meet the Nizhóní Girls on the road to stardom.


With the tradition of visual storytelling in mind, we embraced an unusual medium: the graphic novel. The story of the Nizhóní Girls is a contemporary story, one common to Indian Country though overlooked by non-Indigenous reporters. This is the story’s strength: It is the record of a moment and reflects the values and priorities of one group of Native artists at one point in our collective history. See additional media, including a photo essay, related to this story here

Weshoyot Alvitre
Artist Shaun Beyale of the Navajo Nation does illustrations, paintings, screen printing, and digital work. He is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. 

Jason Asenap is a Comanche and Muscogee Creek writer and director (and an occasional actor) based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Weshoyot Alvitre is a Tongva/Scots-Gaelic artist from California.






This story was funded with reader donations to the High Country News Research Fund.