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 Nellie Douma Nampeyo  (1896 - 1978)

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Lived/Active: Arizona      Known for: Hopi-Tewa pottery

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Nellie married Douglas Douma, a Hopi man who was employed by her uncle, Tom Pavatea, at his nearby trading post.  The couple moved into a house at the bottom of the trail leading up to the reservation, and Nellie gave birth to eight children, who were the first generation of Corn clan descendant children not to be raised in dwellings of their ancestors.

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Biography from Adobe Gallery:
Nellie Nampeyo was one of three daughters of Nampeyo and Lesso. She was between the oldest daughter Annie and the youngest Fannie.  She too was a potter and she lived to be 82 years old.  Nellie was taken to the Grand Canyon, when just a child, when her mother was convinced to spend the summer there at the newly constructed "Hopi House" built by the Fred Harvey Company. Nampeyo was there to demonstrate pottery making for tourists but the whole family was intended to show the manner in which the Hopi lived.

In 1910, the business community in Chicago sponsored a United States Land and Irrigation Exposition in the Chicago Coliseum to draw attention to modern machinery as contrasted to what was considered primitive techniques of native cultures.  Ever aware of an opportunity to lure travelers to the southwest, the Santa Fe Railway commissioned a brown stucco pueblo style house on-site to be inhabited by Indians from Hopi. 

Of course, Nampeyo was requested to represent the Hopi as the pottery maker, and her daughter Nellie, who was about 16 at the time, accompanied her parents on the Santa Fe train to Chicago.  Nellie was perhaps one of the very few young Hopi who had spent a summer at the Grand Canyon and ridden a train to Chicago. 


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