Indian Pueblo Cultural Center 40th Anniversary Travel Mug

Item No: 6490

$ 21.00

  • A Shumakolowa Native Arts exclusive! Featuring vibrant yellow, red, green and blue imagery on turquoise, this bold design is based on celebrated Jemez painter George Toya’s work titled "A Pueblo Prayer.” Toya’s painting depicts the sacred significance of cornmeal and corn pollen, and the connection between natural cycles and human well-being. Celebrate life through nature’s abundance with this keepsake travel mug developed to commemorate the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC)’s 40th anniversary year.

    $1 of each sale will go to benefiting the IPCC’s endowment fund in honor of their 40th anniversary. Established in 1976, IPCC’s mission is to preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture, and to advance understanding by presenting with dignity and respect the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico.

    • Collectible travel mug
    • Original artwork by artist George Toya (Jemez Pueblo)
    • Cup measurements: 8-1/8" long x 2-7/8
    • 20 oz
    • Dishwasher safe
  • Toya’s early professional years were spent studying design, engineering and screen-printing, all of which are evident in his meticulously drafted paintings, prints and drawings. Toya’s home and cultural base of Jemez Pueblo inspires and informs his work, as well. Traditional Pueblo symbols for the sun, moon and stars--just to name a few--overflow with the vibrant colors so often seen in New Mexican skies and landscapes. More abstract interpretations of meaningful shapes take flight on canvas through Toya’s strong graphics and bold placement of color. His pieces are one part fantasy, one part reality, and always filled with a narrative waiting to be discovered. Toya says his art is “…a conglomeration of tribal experiences, history, travels, observations and even comic books.”

    A regular participant in art fairs, Toya has won awards at the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Arts and Crafts Show, the Tulsa Indian Art Festival, the Dallas Indian Art Market and more. His paintings have been selected to grace the posters for both the American Indian Arts Alliance Show in Scottsdale, Arizona and the Albuquerque Indian Mar-ket in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was honored with a one-man show, “Pueblo 3D,” at the Poeh Museum in Pojoaque, New Mexico in 2007. Toya’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Poeh Museum, the Bernie Figenbaum and Sheila Klebanow Collection in New York City, New York and in numerous private collections in Swe-den, England, Germany, Japan, Canada and the United States.

    Learn more about George Toya and shop more artwork on his Featured Artist Page
  • In Pueblo life, prayers are offered to the Deities of the Universe. Every element of the Universe has a spirit or Energy that it exudes. Our Pueblo prayers acknowledge this through the offering of Sacred Corn meal and Corn Pollen. Corn meal is offered because at one time it was the most valuable commodity we possessed, our food. We offer prayers to the Sun, the Moon, the Sky, the Stars, the Wind, the Clouds, Rain, Thunder, Lightning, and all the Heavenly bodies. The Earth, the Mountains, and Valleys, the Soil, the Rivers and the Waters, the Trees and Plants throughout the Land. The Animals that inhabit the Land above and below the Ground, The Birds and Insects. The Four Sacred Directions, Our Homelands and Sacred Places and our Place of Origin. All these and more are acknowledged in our Pueblo Prayers. The Prayers are offered for the Good of Our Communities so that We Will Always Feel Safe, because when We Feel Safe We are Confident. That We Will Always be Content, Happy with the Blessings we have Received and Achieve to our full Potential. That We Will Remain Strong, because We need both Physical and Mental Strength to Accomplish Anything. And Lastly that We Live a Good Life.
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