This year was no exception to extremely high quality Indian art, creativity and innovation in use of materials and Native artistic vision.
Four artists were selected this year as Lifetime Achievers in the Arts.
Locally, Dextra Quotskuyva of the Hopi Tribe, Corn Clan was selected for her outstanding and award winning pottery that is collected and commissioned by private institutions, museums and individual art collectors all over the world.
Quotskuyva, from Kykotsmovi, located on the Hopi reservation, is the great-great granddaughter of Nampeyo.
Nampeyo, Hopi and Tewa’s most famous potter, started a pottery tradition that is now more than 125 years old.
Quotskuyva learned her pottery skill from her mother, Rachel, also famous in her own right.
Quotskuyva, very soft spoken artist with a generous smile was at this year’s market with her husband, Edmund. She was introduced to the crowd by her son, world renowed artist-painter/sculptor, Dan Namingha.
Namingha and his immediate family along with several of Quotkuyva’s grandchildren, received her award at the New Mexico Governor’s Mansion Honoring Reception held on Thursday the 19th.
The Governor’s Honoring reception event was an invitation only dinner presentation and press reception to honor these four time life achievers in the arts.
The other three Native artist who were also honored at this Governor’s dinner were: Clara Nezbah Sherman of Toadalena, New Mexico; Tesuque Pueblo, New Mexico potter Ignacia Duran; and San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico embroiderer Ramoncita Sandoval.
Winners in this year’s Indian Market include:
• Best of Show-Anita Tsosie (Navajo)
• Artist’s Choice-Jason Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo)
• Best of Class, Wood Pueblo Figurative Carvings/Sculpture- Alfred Lomaquahu (Hopi)
• Best of Class, Jewelry-Vernon Haskie ( Navajo)
• Best of Class, Pottery-Jennifer Tafoya-Moquino (Santa Clara Pueblo)
• Best of Class,Paintings, Drawings, Graphic-Photography-Daniel Walters (Navajo-Pawnee)
• Best of Class, Sculpture-Oreland Joe (Navajo-Ute)
• Best of Class,Diverse Art Forms-Juanita Growing Thunder Fogarty (Assiniboine/Sioux)
• Best of class, Youth (17 and under)-Cheyenne Custer (Navajo)
• Excellence in Tufa Casting-Ric Charlie (Navajo)
• Excellence in Utilitarian Vessels-Sharon Naranjo Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo)
• Standards Award, Excellence in Depiction of a Mudhead Carving-Ronald Honyouti (Hopi)
• Standards Award, Sculpture-Phillip Charett (Yup’ik Eskimo)