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Nampeyo and Her Pottery

Kramer, Barbara

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ISBN 10: 0826317189 / ISBN 13: 9780826317186
Published by Univ of New Mexico Pr, Albuquerque, 1996
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Very Good In Off White Speckled Boards, Dj Very Good, Clean Tight Stated 1St Edition. "To Ma From Ben, Dec, 26Th 97" On Ffp. Midwest Book Review: Hopi-Tewa Potter Nampeyo Has Long Been Recognized For Her Works, But Little Has Been Written About Her Life. Interviews With Her Descendants And Consultations Of First Person Accounts Lend To A Biographical Sketch Which Constitutes The Only Full-Length, Reliable Coverage Of The Artist. Essential For Any Studying Hopi Pottery In General And Nampeyo In Particular. Bookseller Inventory # 003449

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Title: Nampeyo and Her Pottery

Publisher: Univ of New Mexico Pr, Albuquerque

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Thomas Bewick

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Unknown

Edition: Reprint

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Nampeyo, the famous Hopi-Tewa potter (1860-1942), is known for the grace and beauty of her work, but very little accurate information has been available about her life. Romantic myths, cultural misunderstandings, and outright distortions have obscured both Nampeyo the artist and the person. Based on an exhaustive search of first-person accounts, photographic evidence, and interviews with family members, Kramer provides the only reliable biography of the artist.
By the turn of the century, Nampeyo had revitalized Hopi pottery by creating a contemporary style inspired by prehistoric ceramics. Military men, missionaries, anthropologists, photographers, artists, and tourists all collected her unsigned work. This biography contributes to an understanding of changes on the Hopi reservation effected by outsiders during Nampeyo's life and the complex response of American society to Native Americans and their art. Kramer also presents the first stylistic analysis of vessels made by Nampeyo.

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At the beginning of the twentieth century, Hopi-Tewa potter Nampeyo revitalized Hopi pottery by creating a contemporary style inspired by prehistoric ceramics. Nampeyo (ca. 1860-1942) made clay pots at a time when her people had begun using manufactured vessels, and her skill helped convert pottery-making from a utilitarian process to an art form. The only potter known by name from that era, her work was unsigned and widely collected. Travel brochures on the Southwest featured her work, and in 1905 and 1907 she was a potter in residence at Grand Canyon National Park's Hopi House.

This first biography of the influential artist is a meticulously researched account of Nampeyo's life and times. Barbara Kramer draws on historical documents and comments by family members not only to reconstruct Nampeyo's life but also to create a composite description of her pottery-making process, from gathering clay through coiling, painting, and firing. The book also depicts changes brought about on the Hopi reservation by outsiders and the response of American society to Native American arts.

"Nampeyo emerges here as representative of the enduring values and lifeways of a culture and as an icon of that culture's ability to sustain and renew itself in the face of historical, economic, and political change. . . . Those interested in the nature of [her artistic] vision and its achievements will find a wealth of material here. . . . For general readers and scholars alike, the most powerful impression left by the book may well be that of Nampeyo herself--not so much as a personality whose inner life we experience, for written and oral records do not offer us that, but as a fixed yet ever-brightening star in a changing cultural universe." --Native Peoples

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