“I’ve made it a life commitment to make micaceous pottery on a continuous basis. I’m trying to keep the pottery alive because that’s what our Pueblo is known for.” --Therese Tohtsoni-Prudencio (Picuris)
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Inside Santa Fe Indian Market. We take you inside Market to meet the artists & see their incredible work!
Native Art Expert, Ira Wilson (Diné) recalls the place he calls home, Teec Nos Pos, Arizona and the enlightening words is weaver grandmother told him, "This is where we’re from and how others know where we come from. Most importantly, shi yazh (my little one), you have to be right inside here to make all this work..."
In many native dialects there is no specific word for “love;” it is simply expressed by actions. What better way to express that emotion than to compose a song about it...
I had a chance catch up with A Painting Pioneer: Bennie “Yellowman” Nelson recently and here are a few excerpts from our conversation...
In an age where we have immediate access to almost everything under the sun I still believe in keeping things real. I enjoy shutting the smart phone off and having a cup of coffee with an artist or visiting their studios and talking shop, offering a frybread and a cold drink from our restaurant to vendors that have traveled a great distance on an unforgiving desert highway to bring product directly to us. I love doing business on a handshake knowing it’s an honor to keep one’s word, plus, it keeps me honest. It’s an old school mentality that has helped me in so many ways concerning the business of Native American arts and crafts. It’s allowed me to gain a deeper respect for Native art as well as the artist. It’s a lot of work but it is also work I love to do. Don’t get me wrong, I think technology is a wondrous thing. I celebrate it every day streaming the Skints, checking the stats of my beloved Denver Broncos or posting shameless Facebook selfies. That said, I still believe all of us could benefit from slowing down a bit and taking time to admire and enjoy the beauty of all things.