Naha, Rainy – Small Bowl with Butterfly Maidens
This is a very intricately painted smaller bowl by Rainy Naha. On this piece she has painted two Butterfly Maidens or Pahlik Mana. They have large tablita headdresses complex in design and collaboration. Note the feathers on ends of the tablita, which are painted in her style of hallmark!. Separating the two figures are bands of Hopi-Tewa designs. Each of the squares has a different design from classic Hopi-Tewa pottery. Note the very intricate checkerboard, and rain designs, along with all the various colors! So why the Awatovi designs? Rainy’s mother, Helen “Feather Woman” Naha, lived on a ranch in the Jeddito Valley, below the Awatovi Ruins and Helen was the first revivalist of their black and white pottery. Rainy has continued this revival with her innovative designs. The bowl is painted with various clay slips along with bee-weed, which is black. It was traditionally fired and it is signed on the bottom with a feather and “Rainy”. Rainy has won numerous awards for her pottery at Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Market and her work continues to be a creative inspiration in Hopi-Tewa pottery.