Hopi PuebloModern Hopi pottery is known for intricate black and red designs painted on blush to yellow slip tones.
Traditional name: “Hopituh Shi-nu-mu”, “The Peaceful People” or “Peaceful Little Ones.” The Hopi people have the longest authenticated history of occupation of a single area by any Native American tribe in the United States. For over 1,500 years, the Hopi and their ancestors have lived at the tips of three long, finger-like mesas that jut out over the sere Arizona landscape in northern Arizona. By the 1800’s Hopi pottery almost disappeared when a great drought and epidemic forced many Hopi to seek refuge at the neighboring pueblo of Zuni. Subsequently, a new Hopi pottery style evolved that was named after a town at the base of first Mesa – Polacca. Polacca ware was distinguished by white or yellow slip with Zuni influenced design patterns.
Modern Hopi pottery is known for the intricate black and red designs painted on blush to yellow slip tones. This unique color is created by the iron rich clay that comes through after pit firing. Hopi designs feature stylized birds, kiva steps, as well as rain and migration symbols. Pottery styles unique to Hopi include tall slender vases, tiles, plates and low rounded jars.