The Naming

The NamingDoug Hyde (b.1946)
The Naming
Gift of Fred T. and Novadean Hogan






Questions to consider when visiting Doug Hyde’s sculpture The Naming

  • How many people do you see in this sculpture?
  • Who are the women? What are they doing? Who is the child? What is their relationship to each other? What clues tell you about who they are and why they are together?
  • How did the artist help you to distinguish between the individual people in the sculpture? What techniques did he use?
  • How does the artist make these individuals feel like they belong together and are one cohesive sculpture?

About the Artist

Sculptor Doug Hyde grew up in Idaho. He is of Nez Perce descent, who are Native American people living in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.
Hyde said, “When I begin a sculpture I start with raw chunks of stone that must be specially prepared. This process which may take from eight to ten hours involves cleaning to discover and remove flaws, washing to determine coloration, and finally grinding with power tools into an approximate shape… An idea emerges and the qualities which I have discovered in the stone help to determine the completed work ... I like to work directly on a piece without using preplanned ideas.” He uses the natural look of the stone to inspire his sculpture.

Doug Hyde explains, “The Naming is a Hopi Christening ceremony involving the child, mother, and three aunts. The mother stands to the child’s right holding him/ her. The other three women are the child’s aunts. The woman standing behind the mother holding the ear of corn is the eldest of the three. The ear of corn represents Mother Earth participating in the ceremony. It is the aunts who give the child his/ her name, not the mother. In essence the child’s aunts and Mother Earth are naming the child as the mother holds him/ her.”

Where To Find Us

Museum of the Southwest
1705 W. Missouri Ave.
Midland, TX 79701