Iva Honyestewa

Hopi/Navajo Artist

A Hopi/Navajo basketmaker from Second Mesa, Arizona, Iva Honyestewa was mostly known as a sifter basket maker. During her artist residency at SAR, 2014 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Fellow at the School for Advanced Research, however, Iva pioneered a completely new technique of basketry. Called pootsaya these baskets are a combination of the Second Mesa poota (coiled basket) and the more broadly made tutsaya (sifter basket). This new technique was a developed with the intention of bringing the sometimes fractured Hopi communities from which she comes together. Iva is currently only one of two people in the world working in this technique.

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