Jon Cordero

Hopi Kachina Carver

Jon Cordero was born June 16th 1968 at the village of Moenkopi, Arizona. He is the son of a Hopi mother and a Cochiti father who died when he was a baby. Jon was raised on the Hopi Reservation but would always spend a month each summer with his Cochiti grandmother, the famed matriarch of storytellers, Helen Cordero. His grandmother tried to teach him to make storytellers, but it just wasn’t his calling. Instead, when he was in high school, he learned to carve Kachina dolls from his uncles, Hopi master carvers, Loren Phillips and Tom Holmes.

Like the traditional Hopi Jon continually strives to be, he works very hard tending to his cattle and his horse as well as planting and tending his crops of corn, beans, melons and squash. He also participates in the dances, in respect to the Kachinas.

Jon enjoys carving and hopes that his Kachinas will find good homes where the buyer will enjoy it for the rest of their lives. He has become well-known for beautiful, realistic Kachina doll carvings and his work has become highly sought after.

Pieces by Jon Cordero

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