Welcome to our new video series, ASU Libraries Hidden Treasures. Each episode of Hidden Treasures will explore the artifacts, images, collections and unique gems of the ASU Libraries you didn’t even realize were available.
This inaugural episode features anthropology librarian Juliann Couture and Joyce Martin, curator of the Labriola National American Indian Data Center, looking at the Center’s display of unique Hopi Kachina dolls. Four of the kachinas (Navan Kachina; Talavi Kachina; Flute Kachina; and Ahöla Kachina) were created by artist, carver, and former ASU employee Tony Dukepoo as a gift to the libraries in 1979. The kachina dolls are on display in the Labriola Center located on the 2nd floor of the Hayden Library on ASU’s Tempe campus.
We also get a glance at the Center and all the resources available. The Labriola Center is the most comprehensive center for Indigenous research at the university. You can even search the American Indian Index to see the Labriola Center holdings before you come in. So grab a drink, put on your headphones and click play.
About Tony Dukepoo
Born in Walpi on First Mesa, Tony Dukepoo left to attend Phoenix Indian School when he was 13 years old. While there he learned painting and carpentry. He also participated in the band and performed for President Kennedy’s inauguration. Tony joined the staff at ASU in 1962 as a painter and was a mason of the 32nd Degree. In keeping with Hopi tradition he was a member of the Flute Clan and participated in Hopi ceremonies and dances. Over the years he donated time and knowledge in an effort to preserve Hopi heritage. In 1978, he was a consultant on an exhibit of Hopi musicial instruments at the Smithsonian Institution. He retired from ASU in 1979.
Episode: Labriola National American Indian Data Center Kachina Dolls
Host: Juliann Couture
Guest: Joyce Martin
Running Time: 3:32