Homer Marks Jr.
Traditional Wood Carver
“Each piece of cottonwood has an art form in it.
Anytime I start carving, working within the wood,
it will come out and show itself, sometimes it comes out
quick and sometimes things don’t work out the way you want.”
Cultural Community: Hopi/Tohono O’odham
Location: Sells, AZ
Greetings! My name is Homer Marks Jr. I am a carver/artist of Native American ancestry that is tied to the Hopi Tribe (Roadrunner & Greasewood clan) & the Tohono O’odham Tribe. I reside in a very small community 25 miles south of Sells, Arizona, located on the Tohono O’odham reservation with my family. I am married, a proud father of 6, and have 1 grandson.
I have been carving for 20+ years & I take great pride in the carvings I create. I use the inspiration from both my Hopi and Tohono O’odham background, my carvings represent the strong ties between both my cultures. I carve Hopi Kachinas, this is a skill that I learned by watching my relatives who are also Hopi carvers. Kachina dolls are traditionally carved using the root of cottonwood trees. I also carve Tohono O’odham Traditional dancers, both men and women.
I enjoy expanding my mind and carving what I feel inspires and will make people smile while taking pride in the very delicate detailed work I create. The tool used to carve is my old timer pocket knife.