Quotskuyva, Dextra

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Quotskuyva, Dextra Gender: F
Dextra Namingha
born on 7 September 1928 at 05:00 (= 05:00 AM )
Place Polacca, Arizona, 35n50, 110w23
Timezone MST h7w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 14°36' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 21°55 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 01°52'


Native American potter and artist, and a member of the fifth generation of a distinguished ancestral line of Hopi potters. In 1994 Dextra Quotskuyva was proclaimed an “Arizona Living Treasure,” and in 1998 she received the first Arizona State Museum Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2001, the Wheelwright Museum organized a 30-year retrospective exhibition of Quotskuyva's pottery, and in 2004, she received the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts Lifetime Achievement award.

Dextra began her artistic career in 1967, following Nampeyo’s rich heritage rooted in Sikyatki decorations. At first, following the advice of her mother to stay true to the old styles, Dextra’s design repertoire was limited to traditional Nampeyo migration and bird designs. After her mother died in 1985, Dextra felt at greater liberty to express her personal creativity. She was the first Nampeyo potter to produce a commodity for public consumption.

Quotskuyva experiments with the traditional materials usually used for pottery, gathering clay from different sources from her reservation and creating variations on the characteristic orange, tan, and brown hues of Hopi bonfire pots. For the decorations, she uses bee-weed plant for the black and native clay slips for the red.

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  • Death of Mother 1985
  • Work : Prize 1994 ("Arizona Living Treasure")

Source Notes

Birth certificate in hand from Sy Scholfield.


  • Traits : Body : Race (Native American)
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist
  • Vocation : Misc. : Crafts (Potter)
  • Notable : Awards : Public Service ("Arizona Living Treasure")