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Jean Sahmie

Jean Sahmie Nampeyo is from First Mesa, on the Hopi Reservation. She began taking pottery seriously in the early 1970’s, working with her grandmother, the noted Rachel Namingha, who mentored and influenced her. The advice her grandmother gave her was “to respect and follow the traditional method for it will sustain your livelihood.” Following that advice has led to many awards, and inclusion of her work in museums, as well as countless private collections.