Portrait of Tpapa-A
[Navajo Name: Baa’, Warrior Girl, Maria Antonio]

By Elbridge Ayer Burbank

Maternal Clan: Tábaahá [Edge of Water Clan Clan]
Paternal Clan: Ma’ii deeshgiizhinii [Coyote Pass-Jemez Clan]
Spouse: Ya-otza Beg-ay [see HUTR 2033]
Children: Ah-Ge-Pah, ‘Alnaabaa’ [Estzan-Lapa, HUTR 3426], Marie Curley [Estzan-Lopa, HUTR 2012], and Mrs. Ben Wilson

This portrait was drawn when Tpapa-A was about 50 years old. She was also known as Maria Antonio. When she worked as a maid for the Hubbell family, Mr. Hubbell chose her to weave rugs out of silk because of her weaving skills. J.L. Hubbell introduced her to Ya-otza Beg-ay [see HUTR 2033] who became her husband. In 1904, she started working for the Fred Harvey Co. in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She wove rugs with her children at the Alvarado Hotel. They also traveled to Grand Canyon, San Diego and San Francisco for the Fred Harvey Co. Her family resided at Lichíí Deez’áhí [Red Point] and Séidesgai [White Sand Ridge], areas south of Hubbell Trading Post.

Conte crayon on paper. L 38.0, W 26.7 cm
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, HUTR 1918