Ralph Tawangyaouma (1906-1973)
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Ralph Tawangyaouma, Hopi Pueblo, Corn Clan, active ca. 1906-late1960s: traditional hand-wrought cast, set stone, stampwork, and silver jewelry. Ralph is the husband of Caroline Tawangyawma and first cousin of Pierce Kewanwytewa. Ralph Tawangyawma is remembered as one of the finest traditional Hopi silversmiths. His work is highly valued by serious collectors. Ralph was also a Two-Horn Priest who was deeply involved in Hopi spiritual life. He witnessed the split at Oraibi in 1906 and was among the traditional who established Hotevilla Village. He was closely associated with Yukiuma and Dan Katchongva, two former leaders at Hotevilla.
Reference and photos: American Indian Jewelry I: 1,200 Artist Biographies by Gregory and Angie Yan Schaaf.
American Indian Jewelry III: M-Z 2,100 Artist Biographies by Gregory and Angie Yan Schaaf.
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