By Barbara Kramer
Nampeyo, the recognized Hopi-Tewa potter (ca. 1860B1942), is identified for the grace and wonder of her paintings, yet little or no actual details has been to be had approximately her existence. Romantic myths, cultural misunderstandings, and outright distortions have obscured either Nampeyo the artist and the individual. according to an exhaustive seek of first individual debts, photographic facts, and interviews with descendants, Kramer offers the one trustworthy biography of the artist. through the flip of the century, Nampeyo had revitalized Hopi pottery via making a modern sort encouraged by way of prehistoric ceramics. army males, missionaries, anthropologists, photographers, artists, and travelers all amassed her unsigned paintings. This biography contributes to an figuring out of adjustments at the Hopi reservation effected via outsiders in the course of Nampeyo's lifestyles and the advanced reaction of yank society to local americans and their artwork. Kramer additionally offers the 1st stylistic research of vessels made through Nampeyo.
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