This book is very scarce/quite difficult to come by and truly an invaluable
resource for the study of Historic Hopi Pottery.
From the Book:
Archaeologists have tended to dismiss historic Hopi ceramics (A.D. 1540-1900)
as technically and aesthetically inferior to prehistoric Hopi pottery. The
few studies of this pottery available are characterized by inadequate sample
sizes and the assumption that historic Hopi potters were conservative and
their design systems slow to change.
Recent preliminary studies of the nearly 1500 historic Hopi ceramics in the
Thomas V. Keam Collection at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology,
Harvard University, indicate that radical changes in design systems and
vessel forms occurred frequently throughout the historic period. Many of the
innovations in motifs, design layouts, and vessel shapes were introduced by
Eastern Puebloans who fled Spanish control during the seventeenth and
eighteenth centuries. Spanish-derived motifs and vessel shapes also appear,
both as a result of direct contact with the Spanish prior to 1680 and later
as a result of contact with Eastern Puebloans who had incorporated Spanish
motifs into their own designs.
Studies of the Keam Collection provide an unparalleled opportunity to examine
the effects of migrants on the material culture of host societies. When
cultures mix as a result of immigration, each may retain its own distinctive
art forms, or the immigrants may adopt the art styles of the hosts. A third
alternative is to combine various cultural traditions into a new synthetic
tradition. It appears that the Hopi chose the latter alternative, for in the
centuries following the Pueblo Revolt they produced a distinctive ceramic
tradition and style that was Hopi only by virtue of its place of origin.