Measures: ~ 9-1/2" x 6" Location: Santa Clara, New Mexico
Pueblo are a modern and ancient community / nation of Native Americans that have inhabited the Southwest (New Mexico , Arizona, Colorado & Utah) for thousands of years. The name "Pueblo" is actually Spanish, meaning village dweller. The Pueblo are thought to be decedents of Anasazi, Hohkam & Mogollon and are one of the oldest cultures in America, dating back some 7,000 years.
The Pueblo were excellent at building and began developing settlements and villages in mountain caves, canyon bases and on top of mesas.and are are well know for building ancient apartment style housing and communities constructed of adobe mud, stone and masonry. Unfortunately, intertribal warfare took its toll and the remaining ancient Pueblos migrated to New Mexico, the far southwest of America. There they continued their building techniques, designing dwellings of sandstone and adobe. The Pueblo were also farmers that employed irrigation methods, and were excellent hunters with the spear.
Today in the field of artistry the Pueblo are well known for their excellent silversmithing, inlaying finely cut stones into sterling silver. They also excel at pottery, painting, fetish carving, ceramics and a host of other artistic skills.
"Santa Clara Pueblo is a census-designated place (CDP) in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, United States and a federally recognized tribe of Native American Pueblo people. Santa Clara Pueblo was established about 1550.
The pueblo is a member of the Eight Northern Pueblos, and the people are from the Tewa ethnic group of Native Americans who speak the Tewa language. The pueblo is on the Rio Grande, between Ohkay Owingeh (formerly San Juan Pueblo) to the north and San Ildefonso Pueblo to the south. Santa Clara Pueblo is famous for producing hand-crafted pottery, specifically blackware and redware with deep engravings. The pueblo is listed on the National Register of Historic Places."
"Travis and Rosemary Lewis are full blooded Native Americans born into the Santa Clara-Tewa/Pima Pueblo. Travis was born in 1951 and Rosemary was born in 1952. Rosemary began experimenting with pottery at the age of 9. She was inspired to learn the pottery making process from her Mother, Olaria Sisneros. Travis was inspired by Mary Cain, who is also is a famous potter from the Santa Clara Pueblo. They also were economically motivated to continue the family tradition of pottery making. Travis and Rosemary specialize in the traditional black Santa Clara hand coiled and etched pottery, featuring kokopelli. They both participate in all procedures of the pottery making process. They dig up the clay from a sacred ground within the Santa Clara Pueblo. There is several different stages involved in order to prepare the clay to begin shaping into pottery. They mix, hand coil, shape, etch, and fire the pottery the traditional way, outdoors. They enjoy etching kokopelli (the flute player) on their pottery. They sign their pottery as Rose M. Lewis, Santa Clara Pueblo, followed by the letter T incorporated into a letter L. Travis and Rosemary are related to many other famous potters, among them are Geraldine Naranjo and Kevin Naranjo (cousins)."