Wyckoff, Lydia L.. Third Mesa Hopi ceramics: a study of the ceramic domain

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1. The Hopi And Their Setting

Physical Environment

Climate And Rainfall




Cultivated Plants

Collected Plants

The Economy




Wage Labor

Social Organization



Religion, Myth And Ritual


Religion And Myth



Chapter 2 Hopi History And Third Mesa Villages

Spanish And Mexican Period: 1540–1848

The American Period

Traders, Agents, And Missionaries: 1848–1906

Third Mesa - Agents And Reformers: 1906–1934

Intensification Of Tribal Factionalism: 1934–1949.

Traditionalists Vs. Progressives: 1949–1981

3. Elements Of Style


Stylistic Variation

Style As Information

Ceramic Attributes And Culture

Categories Of Third Mesa Ceramics

Quantified Folk Classification

Trade Wares

The Sample

Folk Classification Of Vessel Parts

Folk Taxonomy And Archaeological Types

Methods Of Manufacture

Clay Collection And Processing

Forming And Polishing The Vessel



Smudging And Sealing

5. Design Analysis

Design Types

Motifs, Elements, Design Units, And Sikaytki Revival Designs Motifs And Elements

Design Units And Sikyatki Revival Designs

Design Type, And Compositional Symmetry In Relation To Vessel Class


Framed Band Symmetry.


Individual Variation In Design

Third Mesa Ceramic Styles

6. The Potters Of Third Mesa

Kinship And Learning


Progressive Potters And First Mesa

Traditionalist Potters

Concepts Of Beauty

Historical Development Of Styles A And B

Concepts Of Space

Ceramics And Hopi Furniture Placement

Ceramics And Hopi Concepts Of Natural And Social Order

7. Toward Cognitive Archaeology

Passive Internalization

Summary And Conclusion

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Title: Third Mesa Hopi ceramics: a study of the ceramic domain

Published By: Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms, 1986 [1988 copy]. 4, 14, 414 leaves, plates: ill., maps

By line: Lydia Lloyd Wyckoff

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Hopi (NT09)

Subjects: Acculturation and culture contact (177); Ceramic technology (323); Utensils (415); Decorative art (531);

Abstract: Wyckoff characterizes her work as an attempt to increase knowledge of the relationship between material culture and the culture which produces it. To that end, she analyzes the production of ceramic wares (including brick, tile, vessels, shoe effigies, and miniatures) produced on the Third Mesa on the Hopi Reservation. The source begins with a brief description of the Hopi physical environment, subsistence, economy, social organization and religion. This is followed by a brief sketch of Hopi history. The various ceramic products and the two major styles of decoration on them are described in much greater detail. The author finds that all the women who produce pottery consider themselves either a “progressive” or a “traditional.” The “quantifiably” different styles of decoration are, the author argues, a by-product of the progressive and traditional world views. The author concludes her work by claiming that stylistic differences can and do communicate cultural information.

Document Number: 22

Document ID: nt09-022

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: UM 8601000. Thesis (Ph.D.)--Yale University, 1985 Includes bibliographical references (p. 357-405) Generally speaking, information on the actual manufacture of ceramic wares is indexed for Category 323. Descriptions of various vessels are indexed for Category 415. And information on artistic styles and decoration are indexed for Category 531.

Field Date: 1979-1980

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: Christopher Latham ; 1988

Coverage Date: 1979-1980

Coverage Place: Hopi Reservation, Third Mesa, Arizona, United States

LCSH: Hopi Indians


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