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John Poleahla

An accomplished Hopi kachina carver, John Poleahla was especially well-known in the 1980’s. He is also a retired lawyer, and the clan chief of Walpi, on the Hopi reservation. Poleahla lives in Walpi-Polacca, Ariz., where he was born. He often visits schools in Arizona to talk about the Hopi and brings items made by his family, such as kachina dolls. Adrian Poleahla, a fine carver currently working, may be related to him.