The Hopi live on three mesas on the Colorado plateau in northeastern Arizona. First Mesa is the most eastern mesa and well known for their highly skilled pottery makers. There are three villages at First Mesa; Walpi, Sichomovi and Hano. Hano is the village of the Tewa people.
The Tewa came to live with the Hopi before the 1700’s when they fled the Spanish occupation of New Mexico. The Tewa were invited to First Mesa to help drive off invaders and fight off the increasing raids of nomadic tribes. The Spanish considered Hopi to be a part of their conquest but the geographical difficulty of the area, distance from Santa Fe, and lack of profitable resources at Hopi were able deterrents to the marauding Spaniards.
Even though the Tewa live among the Hopi, and their village is a stone’s throw away from the other villages, they maintain their own language and their own customs.
She has no face, which symbolizes the same egalitarian society of the Hopi people. She represents a people, not an individual.