Artistry of Hopi


Field Trip

Tuesday, April 21–Friday, April 24, 2015

Three-dimensional turtle with shellThree-dimensional turtle with shellIva Honyestewa, 2012. Yucca and willow.Three-dimensional turtle with shellIva Honyestewa, 2012. Yucca and willow.

SAR has always had a strong interest in supporting the artistic traditions of the Native Southwest. From the creation of the Pueblo Pottery Fund in 1922 and its eventual development into the Indian Arts Research Center, to the more recent SAR Native Artist Fellowship Program, SAR has been at the forefront in providing opportunities for Native artists and scholars to research, critically examine, and explore the past, present, and future of Native art. Among the 12,000+ items of Southwest art and culture represented in the IARC collection, the work of Hopi artist’s Ramson Lomatewama, Iva Honyestewa, and Rachel Sahmie shine particularly bright.

Our unique fieldtrip will take us out to Hopi to reconnect with these outstanding artists. It is an opportunity to visit with them in their studios, be enriched by their artistry, and learn how they and their artwork are involved with their community. Lomatewama, Honyestewa, and Sahmie each live in different Hopi villages, so we will be travelling between First, Second, and Third Mesas. During our four-day road trip, we will also visit several trading posts including Hubbell, Keams Canyon, and Tsakurshovi, and participate in a private tour of the Tawaaki petroglyph panel with Hopi certified guide Gary Tso. Taawaki contains over 15,000 petroglyphs dating from 500 BCE to 1300 CE. This sacred site can only be visited with a Hopi certified guide and contains seventeen solar calendars.

Ramson Lomatewama was SAR’s 2005 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellow. He is a glass artist, katsina carver, poet, and jeweler living on Third Mesa. His studio, Hotevilla Glassworks is the first and only Hopi owned working glassblowing studio and gallery.

Iva Honyestewa was SAR’s 2014 Dobkin Native Artist Fellow. She is a basketweaver and jeweler, who is known for her development of the pootsaya style of basketry—a blend of Hopi plaque and sifter basket weaving techniques that she developed at SAR. She also owns and runs Isasokpu Gallery on Second Mesa with her husband.

Rachel Sahmie is a noted potter from First Mesa whose specialties are Sikyatki revival shapes and designs, which were brought back into popularity by her great grandmother Nampeyo. Seventeen of her works are represented in the Indian Arts Research Center collection at SAR.

Accomodations: Two nights at the Hopi Cultural Center on Second Mesa, and one night at the historic La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Arizona. Meals will be catered by SAR, the Hopi Cultural Center, and the Turquoise Room in the La Posada.

Activity Level: Moderate — Includes a 1.5 mile round-trip hike into Dinnebito Wash.

Tour Fee: $800 per person (double occupancy) or $975 per person (single occupancy). Includes all meals, accommodations, guide fees, artist honorariums, and transportation.

Download the 2015 Spring Field Trip Registration Form

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