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Eunice Navasie Fawn

Native American

Bowl with Bird Design
circa 1960-1970

7.25 x 12.25 x 12.25 in.
Gift of Noel and Patricia Holmgren

Eunice Navasie Fawn’s elegant Bowl with Bird Design is a bold whiteware bowl with fine linework featuring a traditional Hopi motif. Navasie worked with the traditional Hopi technique of hand-coiled ceramic vessels fired in manure. Sheep manure was the preferred type, since these animals were introduced to the Southwest by Spanish colonizers. After firing, the pots were polished using river rocks. Navasie and her family were best known for their work in whiteware, and for the revitalization of traditional Hopi designs.

Eunice Navasie Fawn was born in Sichomovi on First Mesa, in what today is Arizona. She is the Matriarch of the Navasie pottery family. Her children include the noted potters Dawn Navasie, Dolly “White Swann” Joe, Fawn Navasie, and Gregory Navasie. She was a practicing potter for more than fifty years and received numerous awards and recognition from the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial and the Santa Fe Indian Market.

Matthew Limb

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