Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Fri, Sept. 18

Native artists in Prescott <br>

Hummingbird started to attend college, but after nine weeks decided it was not for him. He worked construction and other jobs before deciding 24 years ago to make art his career.

Hummingbird said his art is self-taught, but he continues to learn from friends.

“It’s an ongoing process,” he said.

Born in Tennessee, he was raised there and in South Carolina. He and his wife Sandy have no children, but two dogs.

For more information about Hummingbird, telephone 520-432-7305.

Kachina carving

Philbert Honanie displayed his traditional Hopi style of kachina carving.

Honanie, who is Hopi, has won many prestigious awards including Best of Division at Santa Fe Indian Market and Excellence in kachina carving from the University of Arizona.

Honanie has been carving kachinas for 20 years and feels fortunate that he makes his living off the art form.

“I started on my own in the kiva because I grew up on my own,” he said.

Honanie said his parents were separated when he was young. He added that he learned pointers for kachina carving from several relatives including his clan father Phillip Honanie and relative Delbridge Honanie.

His family has a history in art including his grandmother Geneva Honanie who is known for her basket weaving.

Honanie said he likes the Sharlot Hall show because it is well attended by collectors who know a lot about art and tend to buy more than most people.

Born and raised in Keams Canyon, Honanie started carving kachinas as soon as he left high school.

Honanie and his wife Pearl have three daughters and one son.

For more information about Honanie, telephone 928-265-3147.

Man of many hats

E.J. Satala, who is Hopi, Tewa and Yavapai, uses humor and guitar strumming to entertain as emcee. But he wasn’t laughing a few months ago when a horse fell on him and broke several ribs.

“I’ve kept up with my music,” he said.

Satala is known for his comedy as much as his music.

He wears different hats for each of his Native American, Mexican, cowboy, hillbilly and blues skits. He sings in the Navajo, Yavapai and Iroquois languages as well as English.

Satala said he picked up his humor from his father Ferris P. Satala who was the clown in Hopi ceremonies because of his humor.

Satala had a career in electronics and served as the director of Carson Indian Center in southern California before retiring. But Satala continues to work for Elderhostel.

Satala said he likes the Sharlot Hall show because there is a variety of tribes and artists.

Born in Keams Canyon, he was raised in Polacca and graduated from St. Michael’s High School. He attended St. Joseph’s College in Indiana and Western States College before going into the Marines.

For more information, about the Indian arts show or Sharlot Hall Museum, telephone 928-445-3122.

(Stan Bindell, former Observer editor, is journalism and radio teacher at Hopi High School.)

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