Artist Media Series
Nampeyo, Reva Polacca – Jar with Migration Design
4.5"w x 3"h
Reva Polacca Nampeyo is a great-granddaughter of Nampeyo of Hano and a granddaughter of Fannie Nampeyo. Her father, Harold Polacca, was a son of Fannie. She is a sister of noted potters Clinton Polacca and Vernica Polacca Nampeyo. This jar has a wide shoulder and an out-turned rim. The jar is painted with bee-weed and red clay slip. It has a traditional migration design with eight bird wings above the shoulder and eight below, for a total of 16. The bird wings are connected by thin lines. The jar is signed, “Reva Polacca Nampeyo”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.
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