Jake Koopee’s extraordinary pottery has earned him some of the top awards in the Native American contemporary art world. Following in the footsteps of his aunt, Dextra Quotskuyva, Koopee takes inspiration from traditional Hopi culture as well as historic pottery, but moves well beyond the traditional. In this pot, a Hopi Katsina dancer shares space with abstract shapes and dynamically swirling graphics. Katsinam (plural) are spirits, around which Hopi religious life revolves. The name also refers to clouds which bring life-giving rain, as well as the masked dancers that embody Katsina spirits, and allow them to enter into the human realm during rituals and ceremonies.
- Jacob Koopee, United States, Hopi Pueblo (Sichomovi Village, First Mesa), Arizona, 1970 - 2011 Native American