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Paul Saufkie

Paul Saufkie (1898-1993) was a Hopi silversmith who is known for pioneering the overlay technique used in many contemporary Native American jewelry even to this day. After learning the craft from his father in the 1920s, Paul started teaching silversmithing to returning soldiers who fought in World War 2. In 1949, Paul partnered with renowned painter Fred Kabotie to create the Hopi Silvercraft Cooperative Guild. The guild trained Hopi silversmiths throughout the 1950s while also providing materials, a place to work, as well as financial support. Saufkie created a legacy as the foremost artist and teacher in the development of Hopi overlay jewelry.

Paul Saufkie (Hopi), 1934. Photograph by Williams. Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona