Gloria Kahe is a Dene’ or Navajo woman who married into a Hopi family of potters. She learned from one of the respected masters, Marcella Kahe. As a result of her excellent training, Gloria’s pottery is made in the traditional way. Her pottery is beautiful, well formed and designed. She has branched away from Hopi-style Sikyatki designs by incorporating symbols and imagery from her Dene’ culture. Some of her pottery displays Dene’ spirit figures called “Yeis”. These Yei or “Holy People” figures are found in Navajo sand paintings and on Navajo rugs mostly from the Four Corners region. Gloria also has created some new designs that are bold and well balanced.
Although her heritage is Dene’, her pottery is so closly related to Hopi in terms of materials, techniques and appearance. Her cross cultural influences add to our interest in her pottery. She resides in Polacca, the lower village, where many cross cultural families live.