Donna Navasie-Robertson, “Parrot Girl”,
was born in 1972 into the Hopi-Tewa Reservation.
Donna was inspired to continue the family tradition of pottery making
by her Mother, Marianne Navasie. She is also the grand daughter to Joy
Marianne taught Donna all the fundamentals of pottery making the traditional
Hopi way. Donna began experimenting with pottery at the age of 10 and
by the time she was 16 years old she began taking her artistic abilities
more serious. The lucrative aspect of the business also contributed
to her becoming an artist.
Donna specializes in hand coiling the white slip Hopi pottery which
her great grandmother is credited for originating. Donna gathers all
of the materials used on her pottery from within the Hopi Reservation.
She cleans the clay, mixes, hand coils, sands, paints, polishes, and
fires her pottery outdoors, the traditional way with sheep dung.
All the colors that she uses on the pottery are extracted from minerals
and plant life which are produced from Mother Earth and found within
the Hopi Reservation. Donna makes a wide variety of shapes and sizes.
She strongly believes in continuing family traditions, not just because
of what family she was born into, but because it’s a way of life
for her people, and she is proud to be a part of it.
Donna signs her pottery as: Frog symbol with a tadpole and adds her
Donna is related to Paqua Naha (great grandmother) and the late Eunice
“Fawn” Navasie (aunt).
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-1999 New Mexico State Fair 1st Place
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