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Burel Naha (1944 – present)


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Burel Naha is the son of Helen Naha (Feather Woman) and grandson of Paqua Naha (Frog Woman) and brother of Rainy Naha and Sylvia Naha.  Burel and his sisters continued the tradition of their famous mother in producing pottery of the finest quality and with superb design creations.  He signs his pottery with a Feather and Longhair Katsina Hallmark.

 

Burel specializes in traditional Hopi pottery but has created his own unique style.  He enjoys painting spiders with intricate web designs all around his pottery.  The earlier designs that he used were of the style of his mother's.

 

Burel received his BA at Brigham Young University.  He was a teacher for many years and now has dedicated his life to the traditional ways of his Hopi ancestors.   Burel credits his success to his mother for teaching him the traditional ways of their ancestors. 

 

He has received awards from the New Mexico State Fair and the Gallup Inter-tribal Indian Ceremonial.

-Biography from Artists in Clay: The Winona Sate University Collection of Southwest Native American Pottery

 


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