Cochiti Potter with a Sense of Humor

Friday, May 28, 2021 1:24 PM

Cochiti Potter with a Sense of Humor

Some people have a sense of humor, some don’t. I’ve always found that it was a lot more fun hanging around with someone that did. A person I’d like to spend time with is Cochiti Pueblo potter Martha Arquero. Almost all her work captures the funny bone of the human spirit.

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Dean Haungooah: Traditional Pueblo Pottery Patterns with a Contemporary Look

The Bear is important to the Tewa people. When the Tewa left Chaco Canyon on their trek to the Rio Grande, they were out of water. They found the tracks of a bear and followed them to a stream that comes into the area where Santa Clara now stands. They could hear the water before they saw it, and they named the stream, translated into English, "Singing Water.”

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Zia Pottery Tiles

Thursday, May 6, 2021 9:36 AM

Zia Pottery Tiles

Elizabeth Medina was born in Jemez in 1956 and later married Marcellus Medina and moved to his pueblo of Zia.  We just received a new collection of these pieces.

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Hopi Elder Lawrence Namoki

Saturday, May 1, 2021 4:45 PM

Hopi Elder Lawrence Namoki

In 2011, near the end of the Mayan Calendar, I ran into Lawrence Namoki while pumping gas into my car in Tuba City where the road intersects to take visitors south to the Hopi Mesa.

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The Other Potter of San Ildefonso

Friday, November 6, 2020 7:32 PM

The Other Potter of San Ildefonso

Blue Corn knew and learned much from Maria Martinez and her family. In fact, Maria’s sister gave Blue Corn her name during her San Ildefonso “naming ceremony”.

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The Acoma Seed Jar from the Oldest Community in America

People have lived in the Pueblo of Acoma for over 2000 years. Set on a mesa of sandstone, it is referred to as “Sky City” and is the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America. It is situated 60 miles west of Albuquerque just south of I-40.

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Miniature Pottery by the Son of Art Cody

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:20 AM

Miniature Pottery by the Son of Art Cody

Today I’d like to introduce you to the pottery Dean Haungooah (b. 1972.) I believe that he is one of the most talented and least known Pueblo potters. His family name in Kiowa translates to “Sunlight reflecting off Buffalo Horns.”

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Two Charming San Ildefonso Pots ca 1890 - 1910

Friday, February 28, 2020 1:36 PM

Two Charming San Ildefonso Pots ca 1890 - 1910

The Anasazi, or “Ancestral Puebloans” as contemporary anthropologists refer to them created pottery for utilitarian uses beginning about 200 A.D. They cooked in it, stored food in it, ate and drank from it. And, as anyone who has spent much time looking at the pottery from Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon or any of the early living sites of the early inhabitants knows, they spent an inordinate amount of time and effort decorating these vessels with beautiful designs.

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You Can Discover Mesa Verde on Horseback!

Saturday, July 27, 2019 11:22 AM

You Can Discover Mesa Verde on Horseback!

Years ago, my sister published a print from a painting by Western artist Jim Rey that depicted early explorers, with their horses, staring down at Cliff Palace. Richard Wetherill, an area cowboy, is widely credited with having “discovered” the ruins, but likely, early explorers beat him to it. He was the first to realize the archaeological importance of the find.

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A Nacimiento made by Legendary Potter Helen Cordero

Sunday, August 12, 2018 12:00 PM

A Nacimiento made by Legendary Potter Helen Cordero

In New Mexico, Nativity Sets, Creche or manger scenes made by Pueblo Indians depicting the birth of Christ, are commonly known as Nacimientos. That is because of the predominantly Hispanic culture in the area and the fact that the Christianization of the Pueblo people was a result of the Spanish settlers. It’s not a real pretty story, but as times evolved, the Catholic faith has become intermingled with the lives of the Pueblo people.

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Blue Corn and My First Experience with Pueblo Pottery

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 11:56 AM

Blue Corn and My First Experience with Pueblo Pottery

In the early 1970s, I was traveling around the West selling Navajo rugs and Indian jewelry to Indian theme shops, museum stores and National Park outlets.

Several customers in Wyoming, Montana and Colorado asked me if I could obtain Pueblo pottery for them. It was becoming more popular and there was a boom in anything Native American.

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Maria and Julian Plates

Thursday, June 1, 2017 6:48 PM

Maria and Julian Plates

Today we are going to share a set of plates made by Maria and her husband, Julian, that are really unique. How unique? Well, what would you think if I told you that Maria made several sets of plates that were intended to be used as dinnerware?

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