Iva Honyestewa's Whirlwind (Bringer of Rain) pootsaya basket shown at the
|Born||Iva Lee Casuse|
1964 (age 53–54)
Iva Honyestewa (née Casuse; also Iva Lee Honyestewa; born 1964) is a
Iva Honyestewa was born in
Honyestewa began in 1992 as a
Honyestewa is expert at customary Hopi basket making, both the coiled basket (poota) and the sifter basket (tutsaya). Her grandmother Esther Honanie taught Honyestewa to make her first coiled basket when she was ten years old. Honyestewa did not revisit basket weaving until 1996, when she began lessons with her first cousin, Beth Dawahongnewa. Over the next ten years, Honyestewa perfected her craft by making baskets for ceremonial purposes and began to introduce what would become her signature innovations. Her confidence grew, finally blossoming in 2006 as she began to enter art exhibitions and contests.