By: Carolyn O’Bagy Davis
Goldie Tracy Richmond’s unusual life among the Tohono O’odham Indians of southeastern Arizona has been documented in her remarkable pictorial quilts. Study of the quilts, along with research, interviews, and trips to the remote desert country of the O’odham people, has resulted in a greater understanding of an ancient society in the early years of the twentieth century, before outside contact resulted in momentous social change. The landscape and the O’odhams’ daily quest for survival in the Sonoran desert is reflected in each of Goldie’s stunning quilts. These fabric masterpieces are unforgettable blendings of art and culture, as well as a visual record of Goldie’s memorable life.