American painter Karen Noles was born in the very small town of Merna, Nebraska. She grew up there but from the time she was a very young girl her artistic ability was noticed and encouraged by her parents. At age 19 she graduated from the Omaha School of Commercial Art. She was quickly hired by the Hallmark Card Company as a greeting card illustrator and she continued to work in illustration for Hallmark and other companies for nearly 20 years.
There are many teachings and practices in our tribal cultures that are significant to who we are as Native people. One of many things important to our cultural identity is, our hair. Our hair is considered sacred and significant to who we are as an individual, family, and community.