Hopi Show in Flagstaff marks 71st year<br>
Honwytewa also took the time to research metal braiding techniques and has now mastered the specialized art of braiding pure silver into lariat neck ropes for his bolo tie creations. He also makes pure braided silver bracelets that have pure silver end caps with a Hopi overlay design clasp.
While these silver braided bracelets have a traditional Hopi overlay influence, they are decidedly “original Honwytewa” and have a very distinctive look of their own.
Roy Talahaftewa, from the Village of Shungopavi (Water Clan), walked away with this year’s prestigious title of “Master Artist 2004.”
In receiving this title, Talahaftewa will now be recognized by native artists as the top in his class in both areas of technique and original design, becoming a walking example of “artistic perfection in motion.”
Talahaftewa, a self-taught artist also has a deep seated commitment to assisting other artists.
So he has in the past four years also developed a sister program to his own artwork called “So’oh’s Tunatya” (Grandmother’s Dream”), a focused workshop classroom series, which features native artists working in a weeklong program to give hands-on technical assistance in the areas of jewelry production.
To his credit, Talahaftewa has partnered with the MNA every spring, holding a May fund-raiser luncheon to benefit these art technique classes. Talahaftewa, who resides at Second Mesa, can be contacted through the Hopi Tutuveni for additional information on his organization.
Talahaftewa’s Hopi Show Master Artist winning entry was a heavy gauge silver concho belt.
The animals on each individual conchos are very special to him.
“All of these animals on my belt are the Creator’s living gift to us and it was a way to honor them because they are in all of our ceremonies and prayers,” he said.
Although the winning entry was in the format of traditional Hopi overlay style, Talahaftewa said he likes to work with gold and exotic stones in a lapidary setting.
His pins and pendants are highly sought after art commodities and have been featured in several art magazines in the past five years.
The MNA, directed by Robert Bruenig for just over a year, has added a strong native artist-coordinator member to its team this past year in hiring Lomadafki, a member of the Hopi Tribe, from the Village of Hotevilla to assist in revamping the Heritage Program.
Between Lomadafki and Bruenig, MNA has taken on a new direction for building partnerships over the past few months.
The weekend sold out event was direct evidence of their hard work and collaborative efforts towards making MNA a true place of community, art appreciation and cultural bonding.
2004 Hopi Marketplace Winners
• Best of Show—Gerald Honwytewa, Shalako Bolo
• Master Artist—Roy Talahaftewa-Silver Overlay Concho Belt
• Senior Artists—Fiber Arts, First Place, Elsie Suetopka, Basket; First Place, Elsie Suetopka, Textile; Jewelry, First Place, Lawrence Saufkie-Shalako Bolo
• Katsina Dolls—First Place, Eli Taylor
• Youth Artists—First Place, Jewelry, Cheston Dalangyawma; First Place, Fine Arts, Simana Tenakhongva
• Fiber Arts—First Place, Sharon Lomakema, Shalako;
Second Place, Sarah Gashwytewa, Whirlwind; Third Place, Leona Pooyouma, Cloud
• Textiles—First Place, Marvin Pooyouma, Women’s belt; Second Place, Marvin Pooyouma, Double Design Belt; Third Place, Ramona Poleyma, “Comet,” Wall Hanging
• Jewelry—Best of Division, Gerald Honwytewa
• Fine Arts—First Place, Anthony Honahnie, “Hopi Longhair with White Corn Maiden”
• Multi-Media—First Place, Howard Sice, Sterling Bowl with Kachina
• Pottery First Place—Rainy Naha, Bowl, “Embracing Hawks”