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Preston Duwyenie

Oak and Reed Studio

Water Drinking Maidens

Hopi Tribe


My name is Preston Duwyenie and I come from the Hopi Village of Hotevilla, Arizona. The Village I was born into is inundated in and around with sand, and the land serves as a means of expression. The textural quality of the land is represented by the rippling lines on the surfaces of the clay vessels. Since the Hopi people live in the desert region of the Colorado Plateau, water is a scarce commodity, thus, the silver inlay represents this precious life blood. The inlay is a prayer that water will always be in the Earth for us to exist on. Both the land and water develop the same texture when the breath of God blows across them. Hopi people believe all waters emanate from the Heavens, so the pattern etched around the silver represents clouds and the water is contained within.