Iva Honyestewa (née Casuse; also Iva Lee Honyestewa; born 1964) is an American artist, craftswoman, social activist, and preserver of
Honyestewa was born in Gallup, New Mexico to parents Richard Casuse (
Honyestewa began in 1992 as a
Honyestewa is expert at traditional Hopi basket weaving, both the coiled basket (poota) and the sifter basket (tutsaya). She was taught to make her first coil basket by her grandmother Esther Honanie when she was ten years old. Honyestewa would 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 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.