Grass and Yucca Coiled Basket by Award Winning Artist Evangeline Talahaftewa of the Hopi Tribe. Winner of the 1991 AILTA (American Indian Living Treasures Award). Her baskets were famous for receiving top prizes at the Heard Museum, Museum of Northern Arizona and the Indian Market in Santa Fe New Mexico.
Born into the Water/Corn Clan in July of 1912, in Shungopovi as a small child she was influenced by her grandmother's basket making skills and soon taught how to make large plaques and deep baskets (her mother only made smaller baskets). Their baskets were sold at trading posts to make money for groceries. When Evangeline was 12, her godmother gave her the name Besokemana or "Busy Girl". Evangeline would spend summers with her grandmother and when her grandmother's health began to decline she left school in the 7th grade to take care of her. She later married and raised her children in her mother's home and still found time to improve upon her basket making.
At the height of her basket making when her eyesight was still good, she was invited to the Smithsonian in Washington DC. She was known for her large deep baskets that she made for competitions or ordered by collectors. The money she made on her baskets she used to panel her mother's home and put in linoleum. She was eventually able to raise enough money to build a new home next door entirely from "basket money". Taught by their mother, her daughters Bertha and Velma Wadsworth are also very well known basket weavers.
Evangeline identified her work with a water clan mark of 4 rain drops or 4 black dots each within a square near the rim of the basket. You can see that this basket bears her identification in reverse as it has a black rim. Other baskets in galleries such as the Shiprock Santa Fe Gallery have her works with the identical signature of her work. This piece will come with the newspaper clippings of her picture and noted awards. She is highlighted in the reference "Hopi Basket Weaving" by Helga Teiwes. She died November 1,1999 at the age of 87 and is succeeded by her very skilled and award winning children.
Dimensions: 8.75"t x 10" x 12.5"
Condition: Excellent, non-smoking environment
Provenance: This piece was reportedly purchased by a physician working with the tribe for over 20 years directly from Evangeline.