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A Tohono O'odham Friendship bowl by Rupert Angea. 8.5 inches high and 9.5 inches across. $300. (TUCSON)

Called a Nawoj Hah’ah, it represents a social round dance in which Indian and non-Indian alike are invited to participate. It has come to symbolize the strength that comes from unity of purpose in a community. First made by Rupert Angea, in the late 1970’s, they are now made by both the Angea Family and the Manuel Family of Hickiwan Village.  They are the only ones who make this type of O’odham pottery.  The clay is dug from a deposit near White Horse Pass.  The red paint is hematite and the black is from the sap of the mesquite tree, which is also a traditional food source (the seed pods, not the seeds) and provides the wood that is used to fire the pot after it has been painted. 

A large (8.25 inches high and 9 inches across) olla by the Angea family. $300 (TUCSON)

Two more Friendship bowls - the one at left is 6.5 by 6.5 inches and $150. The smaller one is 5 by 4.5 inches and $100.