Adrian Nasafotie (Hopi) is a master at Katchina art carving, which begins with a rigorous selection of cottonwood and sometimes months of painstaking carving and drilling before the application of dazzling colors.
Nasafotie’s “Purification” won best of show at the 2016 Santa Fe Indian Market. The intricate piece is 27-inches tall and 10-inches wide.
Nasafotie grew up in the villages of Moenkopi, where he now lives, and Shungopovi in northern Arizona. He made his first Katchina when he was only nine and learned how to carve by watching his uncles and his father.
He takes great care to select the right piece of wood. “It takes the right eye to see that final product before the right piece of wood is even considered,” he says on his website.
One of Nasafotie’s best-known works is “The Quest,” a 57-inch tall work that includes three cliff dwellings that represent the three previous worlds of the Hopi. It took best of show at the 2009 Hopi Show.
Nasafotie has been repeatedly recognized for his work in many art shows throughout the southwestern United States. His work is on display at The Museum of Northern Arizona, in Flagstaff.
Learn more about Nasafotie at his website, www.adriannasafotie.com