Tyra Naha

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Bearclaw design seedpot

Tyra Naha (or Tyra Naha-Black, or Tyra Naha Tawawina[1]) represents the fourth generation in a family of well-known Hopi potters. She is a Native American potter from the Hopi Nation, Arizona, United States. While she is currently not as well known as her famous elders, she is technically very proficient. Her work has been featured at shows in Santa Fe and at the Heard Museum, and appears in The Art of the Hopi.[2]

Tyra Naha's daughter, Amber Naha-Black, is also an award-winning potter.[3]


Tyra signs her pots with a feather and a spider glyph. The feather represents her lineage to the Naha family through her grandmother, who signed with a feather glyph. The spider is her clan symbol.

See also[edit]


  • Dillingham, Rick. Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery. Foreword by J. J. Brody. University of New Mexico Press, (reprint edition) 1994. ISBN 0-8263-1499-6
  • Graves, Laura. Thomas Varker Keam, Indian Trader. University of Oklahoma Press, 1998. ISBN 0-8061-3013-X
  1. ^ http://www.canyonart.com/hopipots.htm, accessed 3/23/09
  2. ^ The Art of the Hopi, by Jerry and Lois Essary Jacka, 1998, p. 42. ISBN 0-87358-628-X
  3. ^ http://www.kinggalleries.com/hopiptr.htm, scroll down to Amber Naha-Black

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