"Squash Blossom"

18" x 24" Oil on Linen

This Hopi Girl is being prepared for the day with a hair-do emulating the Squash Blossom.  The hairdo was the required coiffure for unmarried girls in the Hopi culture.  Each day, the girl's mother did up her hair in the tight whorls imitating a squash blossom, a symbol that figures prominently in several cultures in the Southwest United States.  Her mother wears the acceptable hairdo of a married Hopi woman.

 

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