Daisy Hooee Nampeyo—the Story of an American Indian
By Carol Fowler
Dillon Press, Minneapolis
Hardcover, first edition, 1977, 75 pages. Illustrated with photographs. Excellent condition with Adobe Gallery library embossing and label.
People of the Short Blue Corn
Life on Top
Learning from Nampeyo
From Darkness to the City of Light
Home to the Hopi Way
A New Pueblo and New Skills
A Potter Again
Recognition in Zuni and Beyond
A noted potter, Daisy Hooee Nampeyo passed on her art to her children and grandchildren, as she and her sisters in turn had learned it from their grandmother, Nampeyo. Threatened with blindness when she was twelve years old, she left the Hopi reservation in northern Arizona to have corrective surgery performed in California. Her friendship with a wealthy patron of the arts led to studies abroad in painting and sculpture.
When she returned to Arizona as a young woman, she took up pottery making, a craft she had learned as a child. Moving to Zuni Pueblo in the late 1930s, she brought her skill as a sculptor to carving turquoise, coral, and jet. Some years later she began making pottery again in both the Hopi and Zuni styles. Daisy passed away sometime before 1998.