Elizabeth Ruth Qoyawayma White
(1892 - 1990)
Elizabeth Ruth Qoyawayma White was active/lived in Arizona, Kansas. Elizabeth White is known for Hopi ceramic pottery, Indian symbolism.
Biography Elizabeth Ruth Qoyawayma White
Native American ceramist Elizabeth White was born with the name Polingaysi Qoyawayma on the Hopi Reservation at Old Oraibi on the Third Mesa in Arizona in 1892. Her first name translates to "Butterfly Resting Among the Flowers in a Breeze." She was one of the first children of Oraibi to be educated and become a teacher. Taught by Mennonites who hoped she would spread the Christian religion on the reservation, she was rejected by her people when she tried to do so.
Her life was that of a person caught between two cultures. In fact, she wrote the story of her life from just such a perspective: "No Turning Back: A Hopi Indian Woman's Struggle to Live in Two Worlds", published by the University of New Mexico Press, in 1964.
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