Hopi Snake Pit

Dennis Numkena

Hopi Snake Pit, Paintings by Dennis Numkena
  • Numkena painting
Marked Down $12,000.00
Gallery Price $18,000.00
Hopi Snake Pit
Dennis Numkena
Oil on canvas
Canvas size
47 1/2" height X 47 1/2" width
Frame size
50" height X 50" width
"Numkena" at viewer's lower right
Date of creation
Circa 1975
Consigned by a California collector of fine American Indian art APF
About The Hopi Snake Pit

According to Dennis Numkena
"Snakes are the carriers of messages to the underworld for they convey our prayers to the spirits of the universe. Being of the Snake Clan, I have participated in being their caretaker in the spiritual entity. 

The four directions which the Hopis travel of upon entering the fourth world are represented by the bodies of the various clans symbolizing the entrances into
the underground ceremonial kival chamber in which the Hopi perform their rituals.  Within the circle is the keeper of the kiva, welcoming the spirit friends of the Hopi."

Certainly one of the most masterful paintings created by this artist, from this period of his work.

About Dennis Numkena

Dennis Numkena (1941-2010) passed away Sunday evening, April 11th 2010.

Numkena, who received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from Arizona State University in 1970, formed the first Native American owned architectural firm in the United States. His award winning buildings include the Anasazi Resort Condominiums in Phoenix, the former Yavapai Apache Cultural Center in Camp Verde, the Pyramid Lake Museum in Nevada, and the planned American Indian Veterans Memorial for the Steele Indian School Park in central Phoenix.

As an artist, Numkena’s work is in private and corporate collections all over the world, including Arizona’s Heard Museum. Numkena designed stage sets and costumes for ASU’s Lyric Opera Compnay, notably the national television broadcast of Mozart’s Magic Flute in 1982. In addition to his theatrical work, Numkena designed the stage set and murals for Pope John Paul II’s historic 1987 audience with the indigenous people of the Americas.

Numkena received the Kent C. Ware Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 and the Arizona Indian Living Treasure Award in 2002. His visionary work drew deeply from his Hopi heritage but ultimately transcended cultural categorization.

Other Works By Dennis Numkena:
  • Carrier of the Corn, Paintings by Dennis Numkena

American Indian, Hopi, Arizona






Dennis Numkena, Numkena painting