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 Celebrating Our 25th Year 

Artwork by Cliff Bahnimptewa

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About the Artist

(1937-1984) This self-taught Hopi artist's home village was Old Oraibi, Hopi Third Mesa. He did attend the Phoenix Indian School. It is because of his rich knowlege of his clan and ceremonial affiliations and kachina carvings that his paintings have such authenticity.

Bahnimptewa used watercolors and tempera in his kachina paintings, which are more dancing performers than dolls. His detail is very fine in color, form and costume.

Forty eight of Bahnimptewa's paintings were reproduced in Dancing Kachinas, a 1971 publication. His paintings were also featured in a volume Kachinas: A Hopi Artist's Documentary by Barton Wright, 1973.