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Eva Mirabal
Eva Mirabal
Birth Name: Eah-Ha-Wa
Born: 1920
Died: 1968
Country: Taos Pueblo, United States
Area(s): Cartoonist
Notable Work: G.I. Gertie

Eva Mirabal (Eah-Ha-Wa) (1920-1968) was a Taos Pueblo cartoonist.

Mirabel was born in New Mexico on the ancestral Taos Pueblo homeland, and she was called Eah-Ha-Wa, or Fast Growing Corn. She studied at the Santa Fe Indian School under Dorothy Dunn, the University of Southern Illinois, and the Taos Valley Art School. Throughout her childhood, European and White American artists, such as Nicolai Fechin and Joseph Imhof, visited Taos and painted its people (including many members of her family) and culture, which may have inspired her to become and artist herself. Her paintings depicted Pueblo life the way she knew it, without European romanticism.

During World War II, she served in the Women’s Army Corps and drew a strip called “G.I. Gertie” for WAC publication, The Air WAC. She also painted war bonds posters[1] and a building-sized mural “A Bridge of Wings,” at the world headquarters of Air Service Command at Patterson Field, Ohio, where she was stationed, depicting the improving relationship between North America and South America during the war.[2]

After the war, she served as Artist in Residence at Southern Illinois University for academic year 1946-1947.[3]

Her son, Jonathan Warm Day, is also an artist.[4]



  1. Enoch Pratt Free Library, War Posters
  2. Gorman, Carl Fighting for the Right to Speak
  3. Wagner, Elaine "WAC WWII comic strip", Humanities and Social Sciences Online.
  4. Colorado Magazine: Jonathan Warm Day

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