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Joyce and Morgan Saufkie from the village of Shungopovie on the Hopi Reservation on Second Mesa have been part of our extended family for many years. Joyce is an elder of the Basket Weaving Clan and has taught many basket weaving workshops at Arcosanti.
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Joyce and Morgan Saufkie from the village of Shungopovie on the Hopi Reservation on Second Mesa have been part of our extended family for many years. Joyce is an elder of the Basket Weaving Clan and has taught many basket weaving workshops at Arcosanti.
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During a visit this week, Joyce teaches a class of residents and workshop participants. The raw material is Yucca, a local cacti, with pointed and very sharp leaves. Joyce explains several harvest seasons for variety in the color of these very hardy grass-like leaves. Other colors are achieved with natural dies. The start of a basket with a very small middle coil is very difficult and takes very patient attention.
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As the group settles into a task that looks easy and is anything but, Joyce works on one of her beautiful traditional Hopi baskets.
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Joyce patiently gives help and suggestion. Mika Kawai with a nicely balanced little coil.
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