Old Father Storyteller by Pablita Velarde

Item No: 2351

$ 24.95

  • As a child at her native Santa Clara Pueblo near Santa Fe, New Mexico, Pablita Velarde heard the legends of her people told by her grandfather and great-grandfather. Recognized as one of the greatest American Indian woman artists, Velarde selected six of the most memorable of these tribal stories for her book. These legends are simply written, much as Pablita related them to her own children when they were young. She has illustrated each story with the natural earthtone paintings that gained her national and international renown. Originally published in 1960, this classic book contains vividly illustrated legends that reveal the artist at her best and will delight old and young alike.

    • Author: Pablita Velarde
    • Hardcover: 56 pages
    • Publisher: Clear Light Pub; First Edition edition (March 1990)
    • ISBN-10: 0940666103
    • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 12.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Pablita Velarde (1918-2006) was a world-renowned painter from Santa Clara Pueblo known for her expressive scenes of traditional Pueblo life. Velarde’s Tewa name is Tse Tsan, which means Golden Dawn. Velarde attended St. Catherine’s, a boarding school for Native American students in Santa Fe, and at Santa Fe Indian School, where she first studied art. After graduating, she was commissioned by the National Park Service to paint murals in the museum at Bandelier National Monument that depicted Pueblo life. In 1948 she won her first major prize from the Philbrook Art Center and quickly became known by art collectors around the world. She painted murals in many private and public buildings and her paintings are included in museums and private collections around the world. Veldarde was also awarded the Palmes Académiques from the French government in 1954, the New Mexico Governor's Award in 1977, and an award from the Women's Caucus of Art in 1919.
  • Pablita Velarde grew up hearing stories told by her father and grandfather. In the 1950s she spent time with her father in Santa Clara Pueblo and began to write down the stories he told her, worried that these stories would be forgotten as Pueblo elders died. She chose six of the best stories, translated them into English and illustrated them for her book Old Father Storyteller. The cover is one of her most famous illustrations and depicts a male elder sharing the creation story with a group of children.
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