|Hopi Indian Art
Hopi women have traditionally followed
the art of basket weaving and the
women of the Second and Third Mesa
still produce the most valued basket
art. Like their pottery objects,
baskets were made to serve a purpose.
Some were used for daily life, while
the most intricate held ceremonial corn
or corn pollen for sacred Hopi rituals.
Hopi basket makers have used kachina
spirit and other symbols in their basket
The Hopi arts are mainly centered
around their beautiful pottery, and the
development of their pottery making is
centered around their people's history.
Hopi pottery making had been flavored
by their Ancient ancestor the Anasazi.
|Jeddito Black-on-yellow Sikyatki Polychrome tradition continued into the early 1600's, but
by that time declined somewhat. We have seen that Hopi wares were widely traded and had
been known to many Indians for several centuries.
Kachina carving is also an important art among the Hopi. It developed from their worship of
guardian spirits, or intermediaries between the creator and the people. Kachinas are
solstice, they travel to inhabit people’s bodies and remain until after the summer solstice.
Re-created in dolls and masks, they deliver the blessings of life and teach people the proper
way to live. Kachina societies are associated with clan ancestors and with rain gods. All Hopis
are initiated into kachina societies, although only men play an active part in them.
Below: Hopi Woman making pottery