Manuel Hoyungowa is a highly esteemed member of the Hopi Nation. He learned sterling overlay techniques from his grandfather, Preston Monongye and through his studies at the Institute of American Indian Arts, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His position within the Hopi Nation is unparalleled. He is the author of the “Cry of the Earth Statement,” a Hopi prophecy message Hoyungowa delivered to the United Nations General Assembly in 1962. Manuel Hoyungowa is an important messenger for the Sovereign Hopi Nation, a prophet, religious leader and dedicated artisan. Due to his standing in the Hopi community his artfully handcrafted works are highly collectable.
This outstanding buckle of sterling overlay, featuring a wasp representation, is indicative of Hoyungowa’s earlier work–his designs have become more contemporary. The lines are clean and exacting, the texturing in the recesses is evenly spaced and the wasp is ever so slightly angled on the buckle. The buckle measures 2” by 1.25”, the perfect size for a thin woman’s belt measuring 1” wide. Its slightly domed, weighs 21 grams and features Hoyungowa’s distinctive “Hogans on a Plateau” hallmark.