Naha-Nampeyo, Cheryl – Bowl with Migration Pattern
Cheryl Naha Nampeyo is a daughter of Shirley Benn and a granddaughter of Daisy Hooee. She is also a descendant of Nampeyo of Hano. This small bowl is polished and painted with bee-weed and a clay slip. The bowl has the classic migration or “birg wing” pattern. There are eight bird wings on the top and eight on the shoulder for a total of 16. The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “C. Naha Nampeyo”.
Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo said of the migration pattern:
“This is the one design that was really stressed for us to use, the migration pattern. Nothing but lines, representing the migration of all the people to all the places, including down below and up above. All the x’s represent life from the bottom and top, telling you the universe is one. The thin lines, I just wanted to paint them real fast and real close to try and include everyone.” Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo, Spoken Through Clay