Little Hails from Rosebud South
Dakota and grew up on the reservation there.
He has lived and been making art locally for over twenty years.
His Art has appeared in the Heard museum in Phoenix and his artwork has been used in several books on Sioux history, most recently his artwork appeared on the cover of “Dakota Dawn” by Gregory F. Michno.
The Pentagon purchased several of Lavern’s peace pipes to give out to Foreign dignitaries following the completion of the Iraqi Freedom War in Iraq and the Dept of Veteran’s affairs has purchased several of his Peace pipes in the years since.
American-Indian-art.com is the exclusive seller of Lavern’s Artifacts.He does Peace pipes, Ceremonial Attire, Decorative Bow and Arrows, Tomahawks, and other assorted pieces.
(Navasie) Laban "Frog Woman"
Loretta was born
and raised in Kearns Canyon Arizona on the Hopi reservation.
Loretta collects and processes her own clay, She processes and
draws her paints from local plants and clays. Loretta uses the
hand coiling method in forming and shaping her pots. she uses all
local materials in processing, finishing and polishing her
pottery. Loretta's specialty is "white" pottery so she
applies a white "Slip". After polishing her pottery, she hand
draws traditional designs using the traditional paints.
Firing: Loretta fires her pottery using the traditional kiln which requires patience and precision. The right amount of sheep's dung is required to complete the firing and yet not burn the pottery.
Heritage: Loretta is the daughter of th famous traditional potter "Frog Woman" Joy Hope Navasie. Thru her mother, Loretta is of the Tewa people, Parrot Clan and hails from the village of Tewa, Hopi Indian reservation. Loretta's Father is the late Perry Navasie a member of the Hopi Tribe and was from the village of Walpi, Hopi Indian Reservation.
Woman Hallmark: When Loretta was a little girl, "Frog Woman"
(Joy) started teaching her the art of pottery making.
through her childhood, teenage and early adult years "frog woman"
supervised and helped her. When Loretta was in her mid adulthood,
Frog Woman bequested upon her, the authority to use her hallmark "Frog
Woman". "Since I have taught you through all of these years, this
art of pottery making, I have taught you all that I have learned from
my Mother, the original "Frog Woman". like my mother i authorize
you to use my hallmark, the frog on your pottery. this hallmark,
the frog, was passed on down to me from my mother "Paquah" the original
He created most of our Canvas paintings. Jimmy is Navajo. Working on BIO
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