Emory Sekaquaptewa

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Emory Sekaquaptewa (1928 – December 14, 2007) was a Hopi leader and scholar, best known for his role in compiling the first dictionary of the Hopi language.

Sekaquaptewa worked in many fields during his life. He was believed to be the first Arizona Native American to attend West Point, [1]} and he later attended law school at the University of Arizona. Working with his brother, he developed new methods of jewelry production. He held various leadership positions within his own village of Kykotsmovi, as well as positions on the Hopi Tribal Council and the appellate division of the Hopi Tribal Court.[2]

Sekaquaptewa was the "Cultural Editor" on the Hopi Dictionary Project, which produced the first Hopi dictionary: "Hopi Dictionary/Hopìikwa Lavàytutuveni: A Hopi–English Dictionary of the Third Mesa Dialect". The 900-page dictionary contains entries on 30,000 words, as well as a sketch of Hopi grammar. This dictionary is credited with playing an important role in revitalizing the Hopi language.

His nephew Phillip Sekaquaptewa, after his father, is a world expert at Hopi silver overlay technique and an original contemporary master of stone and silver flush inlay.

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  1. ^ Me and Mine: the Life Story of Helen Sekaquaptewa as to Louise Udall.
  2. ^ Pioneering 'Renaissance man' who wrote Hopi dictionary dies