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Elva Tewaguna Nampeyo (1926-1985)


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Elva Tewaguna Nampeyo (1926-1985) signatureElva Tewaguna Nampeyo, Hopi Pueblo, was a granddaughter of Nampeyo of Hano and daughter of Fannie Nampeyo.  Her pottery is rare as there are not many of her wares on the market.  She was an exceptional potter and her work never deteriorated later in her life when she became ill.  She certainly was one of the exceptional potters of her generation.  Elva always used the Sikyatki revival designs made famous by Nampeyo of Hano. Her favorite was the migration pattern.

Elva was the mother of a family most of whom also became potters.  Her daughters were Miriam, Adelle, and Neva and her son was Elton.  Elva's siblings were also potters.  They were Leah, Harold, Tonita, Tom, Ellsworth, and Iris.

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