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Nampeyo of Hano (1857-1942)

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Nampeyo of Hano and Fannie Polacca Nampeyo of Hopi PuebloNampeyo of Hano is the matriarch of Hopi Pueblo and was the first pueblo woman to gain recognition for her pottery. She lived and worked at a time when putting one's name on the vessel was not done; so little, if any, of her pottery is signed. She spent a large part of her productive life supplying pottery to the Fred Harvey Company for re-sale, so documentation of her work is well established. Nampeyo had five children Fannie Polacca Nampeyo, Wesley Lesso, Nellie Nampeyo Douma, William Lesso, and Annie Healing Nampeyo.

Nampeyo of Hano Southwest Indian Pottery Historic Hopi Pueblo signataure

Note: Nampeyo's birth date has been stated to be either 1857 or 1858 by noted photographer W. H. Jackson who photographed her in 1875 at the time he said she was 17 or 18 years of age. (Plateau, A Quarterly. October 1951, Volume 24, Number 2, page 92).


The photograph above shows Nampeyo of Hano on the right with her daughter Fannie on the left - ca. 1930, courtesy of Rick Dillingham Fourteen Families In Pueblo Pottery.


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