Cultural Demonstrator - Homer Marks Jr.

Demonstrator stands at a table with finished carved and painted kachina figures.

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Homer lives in the village of Santa Rosa, Arizona, near Sells, in the Tohono O’odham Nation. Homer’s father is Tohono O’odham. His mother is from the Hopi village of Hotevilla, in the Hopi reservation of northern Arizona.

Homer takes inspiration from both his Hopi and O’odham heritage. He carves traditional Hopi kachinas, a skill he learned by watching relatives. Kachinas are carved from the roots of cottonwood trees, a water-loving tree which, in the desert, grows only along the all-important rivers.

Perhaps his most special carvings, however, are those he carves of O’odham people in traditional dress. These figures, carved in Hopi kachina style from traditional cottonwood roots, are completely unique, reflecting the stories and beauty of both sides of his heritage.

Last updated: September 27, 2020

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