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Hopi Pueblo pottery

The Hopi villages in Arizona are the only modern pueblos that are not in New Mexico. Hopis
speak a language related to the Great Basin Indian people. One Tewa describes Hopi ceremonies
as esoteric and magical, focusing on bringing the rain to their homeland, "weather control". The
Hopis also lived in isolation longer than any other pueblo, being removed from their Pueblo kin
and Spanich influences. Hopi traditions have remained strong as a result.

After the Spanish reconquest in 1692, a group of Tewa people abanded their homes near Santa Fe
and moved to Hopi. Story has it that the Hopis invited the Tewas, who had a reputation for
being fierce warrriors. The Hopis wanted help in dealing with Ute raiders, in exchange the Tewas
settled in a small village on first mesa, called Hano, or simply Tewa village. They have lived as a
minority among the Hopis since. After almost 300 years, the Hopi-Tewas remain isolated from
their Hopi neighbors and their Tewa kin.

Hopi potters have been hand-making distinctive orange pottery for six centuries. Their unique
clay, gray before firing, can turn any shade from cream, buff, or yellow to apricot, peach, or
light red, depending on the iron content and the firing. In a non-oxidizing fire, it can even turn
white. Higher firing tempatures, reached with local coal as fuel, yeilds the lightest colored pots.

Our Hopi Pueblo Potters

Frog Woman

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Lawrence Namoki

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Jean Sahma
Jean Sahme