Born in Polacca, Arizona, Dextra was in the fifth generation of a distinguished ancestral line of Hopi potters:  Great-granddaughter of HopiTewa potter Nampeyo of Hano who revived Sikyátki style pottery and the daughter of Rachel Namingha (1903–1985), another notable Hopi-Tewa potter.  Dextra began her artistic career in 1967.   At first, she followed the old styles limited to traditional Nampeyo migration and bird designs.  After her mother died in 1985, Dextra began to express her personal creativity and became the first Nampeyo potter to produce a commodity for public consumption.  In 1994, she was proclaimed an “Arizona Living Treasure” and, in 1998, received the first Arizona State Museum Lifetime Achievement Award.  In 2001, the Wheelwright Museum organized a 30-year retrospective exhibition of her pottery, and in 2004, she received the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts Lifetime Achievement award.  Dextra died in February of 2019.

Source:Dextra Quotskuyva,” “Through the Eyes of the Pot,” Holmes Museum of Anthropology.  Retrieved 7/12/2019,
Photo:  Jkinner, 9/20/2018.  Permissive Use pursuant to the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license,

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