SANTA FE – Adrian Nasafotie had Santa Fe Indian Market in mind when he started working on a sculpture he calls “Purification” months ago.
Although the Hopi artist’s elaborate cottonwood root carving is delicate, he wasn’t going to make anything that he couldn’t transport from his home in northern Arizona to Santa Fe.
“I wouldn’t even attempt anything like that if I didn’t know how to get it here,” Nosafotie told the Journal Friday. “They’re really expensive, and you want the piece to get where they’re destined to.”
Nasatofie, from Moenkopi, Ariz., said he made a custom box to transport the carving, which took about six months of work, to Santa Fe for this weekend’s 95th market.