Allan Houser, a Chiricahua Apache sculptor whose six decades of work strongly influenced Native American art, died of colon cancer on Aug. 22 in his Santa Fe home. He was 80.

House’s work has been shown in museums and galleries around the world, and encompassed many styles. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1992.

“Human dignity is very important to me,” Houser said in 1991 according to a short report on the Associated Press wire service. “I feel that way toward all people, not just Indians.”

“In my work, this is what I strive for—this dignity, this goodness that is in man. I hope I am getting it across. If I am, then I am doing what I have always wanted,” he said.