Nyla Sahmie Nampeyo (1954- )

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Picture of Nyla Sahmie Nampeyo of Hopi PuebloNyla Sahmie Nampeyo, Hopi/Tewa, active 1970-present: black and red on yellow seed jars, vases; black and red on white wedding vases. Nyla is the Great-granddaughter of Annie Healing Nampeyo; granddaughter of Rachel Namingha Nampeyo; daughter of Priscilla Namingha; sister of Bonnie Chapella Nampeyo, Finkle Sahmie, Rachel Sahmie, Randy Sahmie, Jean Sahme, Andrew Louie Sahmie, and Foster Sahmie.

" I had a great teacher and that's where I owe all my work-and that person is my mother [Priscilla Namingha]." -Nyla Sahmie (Dillingham 1994)

Reference: Hopi-Tewa Pottery: 500 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf.
Reference: Fourteen Families In Pueblo Pottery by Rick Dillingham.
Photo courtesy of Rick Dillingham.

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