The Old Lady Nampeyo
(1860 - 1942)
The Old Lady Nampeyo was active/lived in Arizona. The Old Lady Nampeyo is known for ancestral design motif Hop-Tewa pottery.
Biography The Old Lady Nampeyo
The village of Hano on Arizona's First Mesa was established around 1700
by Tewa refugees fleeing from Spanish oppression in New Mexico. Even
though they learned many of the Hopi ways and intermarried into that
Nation, the Tewa maintained their own speech and ceremonial practices.
They became known as the Hopi-Tewa. In 1860, Nampeyo of Hano was born to
a Tewa mother and a Hopi father, and thus began a life that would gain
fame and honor as a master potter of her people.
Nampeyo became fascinated as a young child by the pottery made by
her grandmother to serve the family's needs. As she grew, she began to
make her own, and to experiment with different looks and styles. At the
age of 20, she married only to be left
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