Women of Corn

Postcard (L-R): Fannie Nampeyo (Hopi, 1900-1987) and Nampeyo of Hano (Hopi/Tewa, c. 1860-1942).

Hopi women maintain important partnership roles in contemporary Hopi cultural lifeways, and complement Hopi men’s roles in religious, cultural and lifestyle responsibilities. Hopi women’s mastery of pottery and basketry is utilized and interwoven in everyday Hopi ceremonies and cultural traditions. In this presentation, Gloria Lomahaftewa shares a glimpse of Hopi women’s roles and activities utilizing their arts throughout cultural history.

Lomahaftewa is from the Village of Songoopavi on Second Mesa, Hopi land (northeastern Arizona). She currently serves as Project Manager of the Hopivewat Resource Learning Center Project under the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, Hopi Tribe. She has 26 years of professional museum experience in curating exhibitions and collections, consulting with tribes about museum collections, conducting tribal community outreach, developing educational programs, interpreting cultural materials, and museum administration. She has worked at the Heard Museum and the Museum of Northern Arizona.