Dextra Quotskuyva

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Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo
Born (1928-09-07) September 7, 1928 (age 86)
Polacca, Arizona
Nationality American, Hopi-Tewa
Education Great-granddaughter of famed Hopi-Tewa potter Nampeyo
Known for Potter and artist
Awards Proclaimed an “Arizona Living Treasure,” 1994; Arizona State Museum Lifetime Achievement Award, 1998
External images
Dextra with Charles Loloma at Hopi
Dextra Quotskuyva pottery: Seed jar
Moth Maiden jar
Wide mouth jar, eagle tail design
Dextra's signature and logo

Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo (born September 7, 1928, Polacca, Arizona) is a Native American potter and artist. She is the great-granddaughter of famed Hopi-Tewa potter Nampeyo (1860–1942), who revived Sikyátki style pottery at Hopi;[1] and the daughter of Rachel Namingha (1903-1985), another notable Hopi-Tewa potter. There are now five generations of Nampeyo family potters, and Dextra Quotskuyva is arguably the best potter and painter of this extraordinarily talented family.[2]

Dextra's students include her daughter Hisi Nampeyo (Camille Quotskuyva, born 1964 [1]), her nephews Les Namingha [2](born 1967) and Steve Lucas (Koyemsi, born 1955 [3]), and Loren Ami [4] (born 1968).[3] Dextra's son Dan Namingha is an internationally acclaimed painter and sculptor.[4]

In 1994 Dextra Quotskuyva was proclaimed an “Arizona Living Treasure,” and in 1998 she received the first Arizona State Museum Lifetime Achievement Award.[1] In 2001, the Wheelwright Museum organized a 30-year retrospective exhibition of Quotskuyva's pottery,[5] and in 2004, she received the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts Lifetime Achievement award.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Dextra Quotskuyva at Holmes Museum of Anthropology
  2. ^ Struever, Martha Hopkins, - Painted Perfection: The Pottery of Dextra Quotskuyva, 2001 Wheelwright Museum exhibition catalog, ASIN: B0006RNJ6Y
  3. ^ The Nampeyo Legacy: A Family of Hopi-Tewa Potters, Southwest Art, August 2001
  4. ^ Dan and Arlo Namingha ─ A Fascination with Dualities, Museum of Northern Arizona, 2007
  5. ^ Painted Perfection: The Pottery of Dextra Quotskuyva
  6. ^ 2004 SWAIA awards

Further reading[edit]

  • Dillingham, Rick - Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery. 1994.
  • Peterson, Susan - Pottery of American Indian Women: The Legacy of Generations. 1997.
  • Schaaf, Gregory - Hopi-Tewa Pottery: 500 Artist Biographies. 1998.
  • Blair, Mary Ellen; Blair, Laurence R. (1999). The Legacy of a Master Potter: Nampeyo and Her Descendants. Tucson: Treasure Chest Books. ISBN 1887896066. OCLC 41666705. 

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