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Rachel Sahmie Nampeyo (1956- )

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Picture of Rachel Sahmie Nampeyo of Hopi PuebloRachel Sahmie Nampeyo, Hopi Pueblo, is a daughter of Priscilla Namingha Nampeyo and has been an active potter since around 1970. She has seven siblings, all of whom are potters or Katsina doll carvers. Her brothers and sisters are Nyla Sahmie, Jean Sahme, Bonnie Chapella, Randy Sahmie, Andrew Sahmie, Foster Sahmie and Finkle Sahmie.


Rachel has been actively potting from about 1970 to the present. Her specialties are Sikyatki Revival shapes and designs brought back into popularity by her great grandmother, Nampeyo of Hano. She is an accomplished potter as is evident by her success in creating flattop seed jars.

Photo courtesy of Rick Dillingham.

Photo reference: Fourteen Families In Pueblo Pottery by Rick Dillingham.



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