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Plate 432: Piki Maker

Plate 432: Piki Maker


Edward S. Curtis

(American, 1868–1952)

Glass interpositive plate with lightbox

Overall: 43.2 x 35.6 cm (17 x 14 in.)

Gift of Dr. Terence and Joyce Isakov 2022.307


Did you know?

This woman is making piki, the Hopi version of a tortilla.


“Piki,” explained Edward S. Curtis, “is cornbread baked in colored sheets of paper-like thinness. The batter is spread on the baking stone with the bare hand, and the quickly baked sheet is folded and laid on the basket at the baker’s left.” The woman in the picture has been identified as Dayumana, who lived in the village of Walpi. A single mother, she posed for Curtis to earn extra money to help support her family.

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