Nyla Sahmie

Hopi

Nyla Sahmie Nampeyo is the daughter of Priscilla Namingha Nampeyo. She is a member of the Corn Clan and was born in 1954. She has been making pottery since 1970. She gathers her materials from the Reservation and uses all natural pigments (Bee plant and wild spinach) for her paints. She fires her pottery with sheep dung outdoors the traditional way. She is the sister of Jean Sahmie and Rachel Sahmie. She is featured in Fourteen Families and Hopi - Tewa Pottery 500 Artists. She has won Best of Show at Santa Fe Indian Market and has also won awards at New Mexico State Fair, Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial and Sedona Arts Show. She says that she loves to teach children and do volunteer demonstrations for them at school and for youth organizations. She also welcomes tourists to the Reservation to see her do her work so they can understand her art and ask questions on site.