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Rachel Namingha Nampeyo

Biography to Display: 

1903 Born

1985 Died


Rachel Nampeyo used the designs favored and used by Nampeyo. Nampeyo and her husband, Lesso, had originally seen the designs on shards from the Sikyatki archeological sites on First Mesa on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona. Rachel Nampeyo’s pots are typically wide shouldered with polychrome images that often begin on the shoulder and move down the body of the pot.

Rachel Nampeyo, a Hopi-Tewa, was the daughter of Annie Healing and the granddaughter of Nampeyo. She learned her pottery skills from these two women and then passed her knowledge onto her daughter, Dextra. The women of the Nampeyo family were known to have serious eye sight problems and as one generation lost their sight and ability to glaze their pots the next took over that task.


Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California


Bibliography to Display: 

Jacka, Jerry D., and Lois Essary Jacka. Art of the Hopi: Contemporary Journeys on Ancient Pathways. Flagstaff, AZ: Northland Pubblishers, 1998. 

Nampeyo, Rachel Namingha. Rachel Namingha Nampeyo. Tulsa, OK: Philbrook Museum of Art.

Wade, Edwin L., and Allan Cooke. Canvas of Clay: Seven Centuries of Hopi Ceramic Art. Sedona, AZ: El Otro Lado, 2012. 




Typical Marks
ca 1962
Date: ca 1962
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Coiled
Crocker Art Museum, Gift of Loren G. Lipson, 2014.1.11
Crocker Art Museum, Gift of Loren G. Lipson, 2014.1.11

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