Jacob Koopee

Great-great-grandson of Nampeyo of Hano, great-grandson of Nellie Nampeyo Douma, grandson of Marie Koopee, and son of Jacob Koopee, Sr. (Tewa) and Georgia Dewakuku Koopee, Jacob Koopee was born March 31, 1970 at Sichomovi on First Mesa.

He credited his aunt, Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo, with teaching him the most about how to make traditional pottery. He won most of the major awards in the Southwestern art world, including back-to-back Best of Show awards at the Heard Museum Spring Show and Santa Fe Indian Market in 2005. He died in June, 2011 at the age of 41.

In the early years of his career he mostly used designs that he learned from others in the Nampeyo family. In those days he signed his pieces: Jake Nampeyo with a corn plant and kokopelli nearby. Later he modernized the base Sikyatki designs and stylized them to his taste. Those later pieces he signed: Koopee, using the flute of a larger kokopelli as the main leg of his uppercase "K".

Kokopelli is a symbol of the Flute Clan. During the last migration to what is now Hopi, the Flute Clan was charged with bringing the water. Today, they are charged with the prayers that bring the water.

Sikyatki-style design on a Sikyatki -style jar
Sikyatki-style jar with a Sikyatki-style design
3 3/4 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Moth and geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar decorated with moth and geometric design
6 in H by 12 in Dia
Four direction red and black bird element and geometric design plus fire clouds on a flat-top yellow ware jar
Flat-top polychrome jar decorated with four direction bird element and geometric design plus fire clouds
4 1/4 in H by 7 1/2 in Dia
Vertical lines and a bird element medallion on a yellow ware seed pot
Yellow ware seed pot decorated with vertical lines and a bird element medallion
4 1/2 in H by 4 in Dia
Three stylized ducks decorate a polished buff jar
Polished buff jar decorated with three stylized ducks
3 in H by 5 in Dia
Four panel stylized bird design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with four-panel stylized bird design
4 1/2 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia
Plain yellow jar
Plain yellow ware jar
3 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Bird element and geometric design on a polychrome yellow ware jar
Polychrome yellow ware jar with fire clouds and decorated with a bird element and geometric design
2 1/4 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Black and red geometric design on a yellow ware seed pot
Yellow ware seed pot decorated with a black and red geometric design
2 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
A bird element and geometric design on a polychrome flat-top jar
Polychrome flat-top jar decorated with a bird element and geometric design
3 in H by 6 in Dia

Hopi Potters