Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Title:
Plate 432 The Piki Maker
Date:
1906
Size:
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Medium:
Vintage Photogravure
 
This young Hopi maiden is pictured here making piki, a cornbread that is cooked by spreading the batter upon the baking stone with the bare hand. This small baking area just fits one person and she has a basket on her left side for collecting the baked pieces of bread. The subject’s hair has been twisted on either side of her head and she is wearing a simple long brown cloth dress.

“Piki is cornbread baked in colored sheets of paper-like thinness. The batter is spread on the baking stone with the bare hand, and the quickly baked sheet is folded and laid on the basket at the baker's left.” - Edward Curtis
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