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Helen Naha, Feather Woman

Biography to Display: 

1922 Born

1993 Died


1910-1955 Studio potter



Paqua Naha was from Hopi Pueblo where she spent her life making pots in the Hopi tradition. Naha is known for large challenging forms with black and orange polychrome decorations on a ground of cream or yellow slip.

During the last years of her life she developed and began using the white slip ground her family has become so well known for.

Naha’s pieces are marked with a frog earning her the name Frog Woman. She became Frog Woman 1 when Joy Navasie, her daughter, also signed with a frog, becoming Frog Woman 2. Naha’s frogs have straight line feet while Navasie’s frogs have webbed feet.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, Arizona

Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona


Bibliography to Display: 

Hayes, Allan and John Blom. Southwestern Pottery: Anasazi to Zuni. New York, NY: Cooper Square Press, 1996.

Schaaf, Gregory. Hopi-Tewa Pottery: 500 Biographies, American Indian Art Series. Santa Fe, NM: CIAC Press, 1998.




Typical Marks


Date: 1960s
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Coiled
Crocker Art Museum, Gift of Loren G. Lipson, 2014.1.10
Crocker Art Museum, Gift of Loren G. Lipson, 2014.1.10

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified April 13, 2023.