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Tradition, Clay, and the Open Road December 04 2018, 0 Comments

From the wings of eagles to tires on the blacktop, Natalie Sandia’s pottery and family legacy have been all about the journey.

“Me and my dad, we used to travel all over most of the United States delivering pottery,” Natalie says, “and that was just so awesome... 

Cartoonist Ricardo Caté was Drawn to Standing Rock November 29 2018, 3 Comments

Ricardo Caté Cartoon Supporting Standing Rock Protest
Santo Domingo Pueblo cartoonist Ricardo Caté felt the call of the protests surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline, and shares an insider’s view of what happened at Standing Rock in an intimate interview with IPCC.

What Does “Anasazi” Mean, and Why Is It Controversial? August 14 2018, 14 Comments

A staff member was recently updating a page on our website and were surprised when they came across some text using the outdated term “Anasazi.” They recognized the need to change the term on that page

Fighting Fires and Chasing Dinosaurs: An Interview with Artist Levon Loncassion July 12 2018, 2 Comments

"Growing up in a household where there’s an alcoholic father—there was a lot of abuse, violence, shouting—so for me to get away from that, I just had to escape, and what I would do is take a bunch of those materials from school and work on it alone by myself in my room, just to get away...."

In ‘Toon with Cartoonist Ricardo Caté May 03 2018, 1 Comment

In ‘Toon with Cartoonist Ricardo CatéRicardo Caté of Santo Domingo/Kewa Pueblo is known for Without Reservations, the only Native American cartoon featured in a mainstream daily newspaper, which currently runs in the Santa Fe New Mexican and Taos News. A witty, engaging, and provocative exhibit featuring Ricardo’s works is showing in the Art Through Struggle Gallery inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) now through Jan. 6, 2019.

Journey of the Bird of Kewa March 05 2018, 2 Comments

“I talk to each pot. When it’s almost near completion, I say ‘Whose home are you going to grace? You’re only going to go to someone who really loves you, so be happy. Bless the home that you’re in.’”

Carol Lucero Gachupin: Telling a Story of Walatowa Storytellers February 22 2018, 2 Comments

From red rocks to white hills and green fields, this is the place where Towa words ride the wind, reaching the ears of corn along the Jemez River, and the ears of the Walatowa people. Growing up in Jemez Pueblo with a love for art and words, how could Carol Lucero Gachupin not be destined to create storytellers?

Denise Chavarria and the Santa Clara Craft February 08 2018, 3 Comments

Denise Chavarria Blog

In the Singing Water Village near Two Waters Meet, Denise Chavarria has been working the clay since an early age, inspired by her mother, Stella Chavarria, and her grandmother, Teresita Naranjo.

From Zuni with Love: The Clay and Carlos Laate January 12 2018, 4 Comments

Carlos Laate Zuni BlogFrom the clay in the hills of the Middle Place to the hands of people around the world, the Carlos Laate-designed mug represents Zuni culture wherever its journey leads.

Clay: Sculpting Bridges to Time, Place, and Culture January 02 2018, 0 Comments

Martha Romero (Nambé)One of the beautiful things in life is that everywhere you look, there’s a story behind what you see. We want to share with you the story of culture, craft, heart, and education behind the first Pueblo pottery design mug in series two of the popular collection that places Pueblo designs in the hands of thousands of people around the world.

The Mixed Media Magic of Fernando Padilla, Jr. January 12 2017, 1 Comment

Bringing creative visions to life has always come naturally to Fernando Padilla, Jr. (San Felipe, Navajo), who carved his first wooden animals in elementary school using his mother’s kitchen knives.

Talking Turquoise with Joe Dan Lowry July 08 2015, 10 Comments

The Shumakolowa Native Arts team recently visited Joe Dan Lowry at the Turquoise Museum.  Joe Dan’s family has been involved in the turquoise industry for five generations and he is also the developer and curator of Albuquerque’s Turquoise Museum.

A Symbolic Southwestern Gift Meaningful of Love May 28 2015, 0 Comments

File this under wedding gifts that you haven't thought of! Here in the Southwest we're surrounded by nature's gifts and get to experience the art of many cultures every day. The Pueblo Indian people have been making pottery by hand for hundreds of years, and one of their most meaningful and popular forms is the wedding vase.

Color on the Cutting Edge: The Jewelry of Michael Kirk January 14 2015, 4 Comments

Michael Kirk Bold Red Sterling Silver Feather Cuff Bracelet
Elizabeth Kirk tells us about her father’s signature feather designs and how his award-winning jewelry is evolving with innovative color technology. 

Turquoise is Only Part of the Story August 20 2014, 0 Comments

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Native American jewelry? Is it something like concho belts, turquoise cluster rings and squash blossom necklaces? Now, don’t get us wrong, we’re happy in turquoise and silver any day of the year, and we’re thrilled to see how these jewelry styles have made their way into the imagination and lore, not just of the Southwest, but of our entire country.