From spring or summer of ’98 – I suspected that this illustration was inspired by reading Darker Than Night by Owl Goingback. It’s one of a surprising virile sub-genre of horror fiction – the White identified Native American fighting an ancient evil that the Native Americans once put down and the White folks have stirred up again.
Checking Darker Than Night‘s publication date (1999) I see that apparently something else inspired these kachina sketches. Can’t remember what. I’ve always liked kachinas though.