Arizona Indian Living Treasures Awards

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Thomas Nahsonhoya


Thomas is one of a limited number for male weavers on the Hopi. He seeks to continue the art of weaving along with historical significance, purpose and background of weaving at Hopi. Mr. Nahsonhoya encourages and teaches young men the art of textile weaving and either goes to the homes of students or set up his weaving loom at home to teach weaving. In Hopi there are different pieces of traditional and ceremonial clothing each requiring different stitches, designs and colors. Each piece is tedious and requires good eyesight, hand coordination and patience to sit for long hours at the loom.


Previous AILTA Recipients

James Peshlakai
Craft: language master, Silversmith, singer
Tribe: Navajo
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