Shirley Benn Nampeyo (1936- )


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Picture of Shirley Benn Nampeyo of Hopi PuebloShirley Benn Nampeyo, Hopi/Tewa, active 1950-80: Pottery, jewelry, necklaces, and pins Shirley is the Great-granddaughter of Nampeyo; granddaughter of Annie Healing; niece of Rachel Namingha Nampeyo; daughter of Daisy Hooee; sister of Louella Naha Inote and Raymond Naha; wife of Virgil Benn. Shirley Benn Nampeyo is Hopi-Tewa, but worked at Zuni Pueblo.


"I learned most of my pottery from my grandmother, and when I got to doing more my mother helped with shaping. She taught me the ways to make them. The pottery maidens [Zuni Olla Maidens, a performance group that carries large water jars on their heads] would come in summertime, and she [Daisy] would help them make pottery. I learned to mix paint from my mom and learned about the designs, where they come from. I am also a silversmith, I do channel work, necklaces, bolos, and pins." -Shirley Benn (Dillingham 1994)

 

 

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

 


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