Daisy Hooee Nampeyo

Daisy Hooee Nampeyo was born around 1906 to Annie Nampeyo Healing and Will Healing. Her grandmother was Nampeyo of Hano. Her mother was of the Corn Clan but she was named Tobacco Flower after her father's Tobacco Clan. "Daisy" was given to her by a field nurse working at the government agency office on First Mesa. Shortly after she was born at Hano her family moved to the new village of Polacca at the base of First Mesa.

Daisy spent a lot of time with her grandmother and learned to make pottery at a very early age. As a teenager she developed cataracts in her eyes and a wealthy California benefactress (Anita Baldwin) paid for the operation to remove the cataracts. Daisy stayed with Anita for most of several years while her eyes healed, returning to Polacca during the summers. Anita sent Daisy to school at L'Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris (she studied sculpture and painting) and eventually took her on an around the world tour to see other kinds of art.

Daisy returned to Hopi when her mother's health began to decline. It was shortly after that she married Ray Naha and they had three children. Not long after Ray left, they divorced and she returned to her mother's house with the kids. She soon found a job cooking for a 4H group in Ramah and then married Leo Poblano, a silversmith from Zuni. She collaborated on some of his jewelry but also made pots. A few years later Leo was killed while fighting a forest fire in California and Daisy returned to Polacca to work with her sister, Rachel Namingha Nampeyo.

In 1948, Daisy met and married Sidney Hooee, another silversmith from Zuni. She returned to Zuni and started teaching pottery making at Zuni High School. Daisy died in 1998.

Feather design on an open polychrome bowl
Open polychrome bowl with feather design
2 1/2 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Cloud and rain design on a black and white bowl
Black and white bowl decorated with cloud and rain designs
2 1/2 in H by 3 1/4 in Dia
Stylized eagle tail, bird element and geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar decorated with a stylized eagle tail, bird element and geometric design
9 1/4 in H by 12 1/2 in Dia
Bird element and geometric design on a polychrome bowl
Polychrome bowl decorated with a bird element and geometric design
3 in H by 7 3/4 in Dia
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery