Leonard Chana spoke, and painted, from his heart and deep cultural roots. His shared insights into the past and present of the O'odham, leavened by his gentle humor and unsullied by third-party interference, have no peer in the published literature of his people. While The Sweet Smell of Home
is about these quintessential desert dwellers, it is also about all of us who find ourselves joined in an enterprise we call 'life.'
—Bernard Fontana, author of A Guide To Contemporary Southwest Indians
The insight of oral culture highlights artistic perception in this heartfelt book. For a cultured artist such as Leonard Chana, the words are in the art and the art is in the culture.
—Jose Barreiro, National Museum of the American Indian