I Am The West

Ruby Chimerica

Portrait of Ruby Chimerica.Third Mesa, Arizona
Ruby Chimerica (Hopi) is from the Third Mesa village of Bacavi, located on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona. She specializes in hands-on demonstrations of Hopi basket weaving and the preparation of traditional Hopi foods. The piki bread-making tradition is strongly connected to family. The stone on which the bread is baked is passed down from generation to generation. Piki is used at community celebrations, and at festival and dances. Its dark grayish-blue color and unique flavor is due to the use of blue corn and culinary ash.

Ruby Chimerica at work.Ruby making piki bread.