Priscilla Namingha Nampeyo

Black and red migration pattern design on a yellow, Sikyatki-style jar, by Priscilla Namingha Nampeyo

Priscilla Namingha was born to Rachel Namingha Nampeyo and Emerson Namingha in 1924. Her grandparents were Annie and Will Healing, her great-grandmother Nampeyo of Hano. Priscilla learned to make pottery from her mother and her great-grandmother.

Priscilla had always made her pottery using the methods, styles and designs taught her by her mother and great-grandmother. Among her favorite designs were eagle tails, stars, migration patterns, birds, parrots, dragonflies, feathers and clouds. Her work is found private collections around the world and in museums such as the Heard Museum in Phoenix, the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff and the Hopi Cultural Center Museum at Second Mesa.

Priscilla also taught her children the traditional Hopi-Tewa art of pottery making. Among those still active today are Bonnie Chapella Nampeyo, Randall Sahmie, Jean Sahmie, Nyla Sahmie and Rachel Sahmie. All have become award-winning potters.

Priscilla passed in 2008.

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