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Artist: Oreland C. Joe, Sr. - Title: Hopi Corn and Water Maidens

SPANISH MARBLE There is a story in our family of a young Hopi girl who was stolen four or five generations ago. The girl grew up to be a young woman and was married to one of our Navajo grandfathers. The maternal side of our family retains the clan of the Hopi woman who was captured. To honor the matriarchal side of the family, I decided to depict the corn and water. Corn is grown in the dry desert. It is dependent on the summer rains. With prayer and song a crop comes into season and is harvested. Its pollen is used for sacred ceremonies. Water is a valuable resource to the Hopi people. When thunderstorms appear, offerings and thanks are given to the Creator. On the left is the Water maiden represented with a water vase. On the right is the Corn woman represented by the stone corn grinder on the base. The hair ties represent fertility and starting another generation, serving as symbols that the maidens are available for marriage.  

Hopi Corn and Water Maidens


Oreland C. Joe, Sr.

H 33.5in x W 27in x D 8in
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