Jerry Honawa, Hopi Pueblo Carver

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Artist signature and hallmark of Jerry Honawa, Hopi ArtisanHopi Pueblo artist Jerry Honawa is of the Rabbit/Tobacco Clan and has been an active carver since the 1970s. He lives at Hotevilla on Third Mesa of the Hopi Reservation in Arizona. He is a carver of Katsina Dolls.

For those of us who hardly run around a block, Jerry is an inspiration. In the spring of 2006, he and a group of Hopi runners trekked from Hopiland in Arizona to Mexico City to attend the "World Water Forum." He said his grandfather had told him in the 1950s that the Hopi were concerned about global climate change and its effects on water.

To illustrate the forward thinking on the part of a Hopi, his grandfather said, “It will be warmer all the way into Winter months, you will not see the cycles as they are today and yesterday.”  [Schaaf, 2008:124]

Reference: Hopi Katsina 1,600 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf

Relative Links: Hopi Pueblo, Hopituh Shi-nu-mu, Katsina Dolls