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 Elizabeth Ruth Qoyawayma White  (1892 - 1990)

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Lived/Active: Arizona/Kansas      Known for: Hopi ceramic pottery, Indian symbolism

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BIOGRAPHY for Elizabeth White
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1892 (Old Oraibi, Hopi Reservation, Arizona)
 
Death
1990 (Phoenix, Arizona)

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Arizona/Kansas

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Hopi ceramic pottery, Indian symbolism

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Native American ceramist Elizabeth White was born with the name Polingaysi Qoyawayma on the Hopi Reservation at Old Oraibi on the Third Mesa in Arizona in 1892. Her first name translates to "Butterfly Resting Among the Flowers in a Breeze." She was one of the first children of Oraibi to be educated and become a teacher. Taught by Mennonites who hoped she would spread the Christian religion on the reservation, she was rejected by her people when she tried to do so.

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