Pueblo Stories & Storytellers

Item No: 3463

$ 12.95

  • Storyteller figures represent one of the more recent developments in the dynamic transformations underway in Native American art today. The continued demand for Mark Bahti's delightful book about these figures and the traditions from which they spring is a testament to their enormous appeal.
    • Author: Mark Bahti
    • Paperback: 64 pages
    • Publisher: Rio Nuevo; Third Edition edition (April 4, 2011)
    • ISBN-10: 1933855541
    • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Mark Bahti is a Southwestern scholar, writer, and art dealer bringing over 30 years of experience and insight to his books, including Pueblo Stories & Storytellers, Silver & Stone, Spirit in the Stone, and Navajo Sandpaintings. He lives in Tucson, Arizona, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and owns Bahti Indian Arts galleries in both locations.
  • Native American and Pueblo people of the Southwest have been making clay pottery figures since ancient times. Their creation was discouraged by Christian missionaries and the form was not widely practiced in the 16th-19th centuries. Figurative pottery was revived in the 20th century and clay figurines have since become one of the most popular and widely collected Native American art forms. Storytellers are a type of clay figure that is unique to the Southwest. They were developed by Helen Cordero of Cochiti Pueblo in 1963 and traditionally depict a male elder telling stories to children, all with open mouths. Cordero was inspired by the traditional “Singing Mother” figure often represented in clay, and by her grandfather, a legendary Cochiti storyteller. In Pueblo culture, stories are passed down orally from generation to generation, and the Storyteller figure represents the importance of the storytelling tradition. Today, Native artists across the Southwest create Storytellers, sometimes depicting the elder and children as clowns, drummers, acrobats, cowboys or animals, and handcrafted figurative pottery continues to be one of the most exciting, colorful and successful pottery forms.
  • At Shumakolowa we are proud to sell rare and hard-to-find books that celebrate Native American and Pueblo culture, history and art. Our selection of books has been carefully curated by our team of experts to inspire and provide insight into these unique art forms.
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