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The Desert View Watchtower is home to three floors of tribal murals and paintings,including those on the second floor by Fred Kabotie. Other artists contributed to the third and fourth floors.

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Conserving culture and history at Desert View

Grandson of Watchtower mural painter and team of conservators preserve art and Native culture in iconic tower

More than 80 years after Hopi artist Fred Kabotie painted colorful murals on the walls of Mary Colter’s new Desert View Watchtower, his grandson, Ed Kabotie, takes a water-moistened brush in hand and applies it carefully to the unsealed plaster walls.