Karen Kahe Charley, Hopi Potter

Karen Kahe Charley, Hopi Potter. First Mesa, AZ  |  2021 

Karen Kahe Charley is a Hopi potter from Sitsomovi village on First Mesa in northeastern Arizona. A member of the Butterfly and Badger Clan, Karen was encouraged by her grandmother, Emma Adams, to play with clay and make small pottery. She joined family and community in the harvesting of clay, minerals, and pigments, learning how to make her own tools and hearing Hopi stories about specific shapes and designs. Karen continues this teaching and learning with her own granddaughter, Annalese Nasafotie.

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