Alton Komalestewa (b.1959 - )


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Alton Komalestewa (b.1959) signatureAlton Komalestewa, a Hopi-Tewa, was married to the daughter of Helen Shupla of Santa Clara Pueblo and Kenneth Shupla, a Hopi Pueblo carver. He lived with the Shuplas at Santa Clara Pueblo and even learned pottery-making from Helen—thus the resemblance in style to her work. Following the deaths of all the Shuplas, Alton returned to the Hopi Reservation in Arizona.

Alton is also the youngest son of Austin Komalestewa and Emily Shupla. As a Hopi, he is also related through his father to Nampeyo, Alton's great grandmother.

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