Randall Sahmie Nahto

The son of Priscilla Namingha Nampeyo and Donnelly Sahmie, Randall Sahmie Nahto was a Hopi-Tewa of the Corn Clan. He grew up in a very illustrious family: his great-great-grandmother was Nampeyo of Hano. Among his siblings were Jean Sahmie, Rachel Sahmie and Nyla Sahmie. Dextra was his aunt and Steve Lucas, Les Namingha and Hisi Quotskuyva were cousins.

Randall was born in 1950 and died suddenly in 2008. He seemed to have been more of a painter and kachina carver than a potter but he did make some beautiful (and interesting) pottery. Unlike many Hopi-Tewa, he didn't live near First Mesa, he lived near Jeddito. He said his designs were inspired by rock art and pot sherds he found while walking in the canyons near his home.

Bird element and geometric design inside and geometric design outside on a polychrome yellow ware bowl with fire clouds
Polychrome yellow ware bowl with fire clouds decorated with a bird element and geometric design inside and geometric design outside
2 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Bird element and geometric design on a polychrome yellow ware bowl
Polychrome yellow ware bowl decorated with a bird element and geometric design
2 3/4 in H by 5 1/4 in Dia

Hopi Potters