Ryan Huna Smith


Ryan Huna Smith

Ryan is a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, Parker, Arizona. He was born in Parker and raised in Needles, California. He attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and received a certification in Two-Dimensional Art in 1987. He then transferred to the University of Arizona in Tucson where he received his bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in illustration in 1994.

Books Illustrated by Ryan Huna Smith

The Three Little Sheep – Diné Yázhí Táa’go Baa Hane’ - Illustrator

When three little sheep set out to begin life on their own, they never dream that they will be followed by a hungry coyote. Fainthearted and just a little bit nervous, each brother heads in a different direction: one travels to the east and builds a grass hut, another travels to the north and builds a tepee, and the final brother travels to the south and builds a hogan. But Coyote has heard of their plans, and he is determined to catch one of them for his dinner.

Little Sheep, Little Sheep, he calls, let me in! Or I will huff and puff and blow your hogan in!

The sheep panic and hide, but eventually develop some stratagems of their own. Coyote will need all his cunning and tricks to defeat this faithful band of brothers.