Nampeyo, Carla Claw – Seedpot with Carved Longhair Katsina
Carla Claw Nampeyo is a daughter of noted potter Thomas Polacca and a niece of Fannie Nampeyo. She is also a great-granddaughter of Nampeyo of Hano. Her brother is Gary Polacca and she is married to Raul Claw (Navajo). She is known for her incised pottery and the use of slips that give the appearance of wood to the surface of her pottery. This seedpot has a Longhair Katsina as the design. The figure is carved into the clay and surrounded by rain and lightning designs. It is said of the Longhair Katsina:
In Native American culture, long hair has been the norm throughout history. Long, flowing locks were admired and respected. This is what makes Longhair, or Angak’china, a perfect example of a true Hopi Katsina. He wears a traditional Hopi hairstyle utilized by men. The purpose of the Longhair Katsinam is to provide rain to the Hopi villages. They arrive in the villages in groups, often accompanied by Yellow or White Corn Maidens. They sing beautiful melodies for all, carrying optimistic themes and messages encouraging living life to its fullest. A true beacon of positivity,
The seedpot is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “Carla Nampeyo”.