Polacca Polychrome canteen (ca. 1900)

  • Nampeyo 

Polacca Polychrome canteen with Salako Katsina design, around 1900.

Museum records indicate that Nampeyo made this canteen and gave it to Dr. Joshua Miller. A medical doctor, Miller came to Arizona in 1883 and spent many summers at Hopi providing health care to the people. He treated Nampeyo for trachoma, the eye condition that eventually led her to near blindness. This canteen is the only example of Polacca Polychrome pottery with a reliable Nampeyo attribution that one of her biographers Barbara Kramer was able to locate. The katsina depicted on this jar is Palhikmana or Water Bearing Maiden.