The World of P’otsunu: Geronima Cruz Montoya of San Juan Pueblo

Item No: 137

$ 24.95

  • The inspiring story of Geronima Montoya, artist, educator and Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan) Pueblo cultural leader. Montoya, or P'otsunu, was a Native American artist, mother, community leader, ceremonial participant, and master teacher of many famous Native American artists, and this beautifully designed book includes over 80 photographs and paintings and documents in word and image her long and remarkable life. The books follows her life from her time at the Santa Fe Indian School to her study of painting and the founding of the first Native American crafts cooperative. Authors Shutes and Mellick tell her story in her own words, gathered from 17 years of interviews and friendship.

    • Authors: Jeanne Shutes and Jill Mellick
    • Hardcover: 252 pages
    • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press (1996)
    • ISBN-10: 0826316433
    • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Jill Mellick is an author, artist and psychotherapist who has written books on dreaming, creativity and Pueblo Indian leader Geronima Montoya.
  • The inspiring story of Geronima Montoya, artist, educator, and San Juan Pueblo cultural leader, begins in northern New Mexico and culminates at the Smithsonian Art and Cultural Achievement Award ceremony in 1994. Like many other Native American children of the 1920s, Montoya became a boarding student at the Santa Fe Indian School, where assimilation to American culture was a primary goal.
She discovered her love of painting while studying under Dorothy Dunn, who heavily influenced Pueblo Indian easel painting. Succeeding Dunn as the head of the controversial Studio, she later went on to obtain a college degree, create an adult education program for the northern Pueblo villages, and found the first Native American crafts cooperative. Through this period of cultural and political change Montoya has been sustained by Pueblo and Catholic religious and ceremonial life. The book is enriched by period photographs of village and school life, letters between Montoya and Dunn, and photographs of Montoya's art
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