Storytellers and Other Figurative Pottery

Item No: 3440

$ 19.95

  • In 1964, Helen Cordero of Cochiti created a clay image of her grandfather, Santiago Quintana, with five children clinging to him. With this piece the storyteller was born. In this book, by author Douglas Congdon Martin, the reader will find the most extensive collection of storytellers ever gathered in print. Over 400 pieces by nearly 150 artists are shown in full color, and organized by pueblo. In addition to storytellers, nativities and other figurative pottery are represented.
    • Author: Douglas Congdon Martin
    • Paperback 144 pages
    • Publisher: Schiffer Pub Ltd; 2nd Revised edition (August 1999)
    • ISBN-10: 076430805X
    • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 0.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Douglas Congdon-Martin is a published author of young adult books. A published credit of Douglas Congdon-Martin is Camel Cigarette Collectibles: The Early Years : 1913-1963.
  • 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.
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