December Artist of the Month – CORDELL NASEYOMA
And HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE at the POWELL MUSEUM
Friday December 13th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Cordell Naseyoma was born in Keams Canyon and grew up in the village of Hotevilla-Bacavi on Third Mesa in northern Arizona. After completing his education, Cordell decided to make katsina carving his profession using the “old” methods he learned from elders and his friend and contemporary, Ed Seechoma.
The katsinam portrayed by Cordell’s carvings are believed by the Hopi to be spiritual messengers. They represent all aspects of life including insects, animals, plants, water, characteristics of man and prophecies. The katsinam visit the Hopi people during the months of December through July. During this time the Hopi send their prayers with them for good life, and for moisture in the form of rain or snow, not only for the Hopi people, but for all mankind and living things on this earth. The Hopi people believe that the katsinam make their home in the mountains of the San Francisco Peaks and in late July, they “go home” until their return the next year.
In the traditional way, Cordell collects all of his materials from nature. He gathers natural pigments from native plants and minerals in northern Arizona for his paints. He also collects feathers and cottonwood root which he carves using only a file. Cordell is able to re-create dolls which have been used in ceremonies for hundreds of years.
Cordell’s katsina dolls can be found in various galleries in Arizona; however, collectors seek his work from across the United States and Europe. He has received numerous awards for his work, most recently at the Annual Hopi Show at the Museum of Northern Arizona.
When he is not carving Cordell lives simply, spending time with his family and tending to his corn and bean fields.
Join us Friday December 13th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Powell Museum for an Artist’s Reception and Holiday Open House! Enjoy 13% off bookstore items (additional 20% off for Museum Members), free gift wrapping on all purchases, free museum admission, and door prizes. Holiday refreshments will be served!