From Mud Pies to Masterpieces: The Chronicle of Clarence Cruz

There’s an old familiar adage stating that no matter the task or journey, you’ve got to start somewhere. “I first started out with mud pies in the ditch,” Clarence Cruz says with a hearty laugh.  (See Clarence's bio and shop his pottery here >)

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Natalie Sandia Jemez Pueblo Poter

Tradition, Clay, and the Open Road

From the wings of eagles to tires on the blacktop, Natalie Sandia’s pottery and family legacy have been all about the journey. “Me and my dad, we used to travel all over most of the United States delivering pottery,” Natalie says, “and that was just so awesome. I got to meet a

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Myron Sarracino Laguna Pueblo Potter

Guided by Many Grandmas: The Pottery of Myron Sarracino

Nestled along the Rio San José between golden-brown mesas and Route 66 lies the Laguna Pueblo village of Seama, where potter Myron Sarracino calls home. Pottery-making was a family skill, one in which Myron took an early interest. “My grandma used to make a little clay, then use it to

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Elder Hands of the Corn Clan: Jemez Pueblo’s Juanita Fragua

Gratitude for every day that you are able to use your skills and gifts to create is one of the core values of Pueblo potters. Juanita Fragua of Jemez Pueblo has a lot to be grateful for. At 83, Juanita is a full-time potter. “That’s all I do. I have

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Cartoonist Ricardo Caté was Drawn to Standing Rock

Sometimes in life we feel an irresistible pull toward a place, a person, or an unfolding chapter of history. Whether it’s due to a sense of duty, or just overwhelming curiosity, we are compelled to answer that siren song. Santo Domingo Pueblo cartoonist Ricardo Caté felt that call with the

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What Does “Anasazi” Mean, and Why Is It Controversial?

We were recently updating a page on our website and were surprised when we came across some text using the outdated term “Anasazi.” We recognized the need to change the term on that page, and to search the site for any other remaining references. Realizing that people visit the IPCC

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Fighting Fires and Chasing Dinosaurs: An Interview with Artist Levon Loncassion

Levon Loncassion is an award-winning artist from Zuni Pueblo, with works at Mesa Verde National Park’s visitor center and the Heard Museum. A former wildland firefighter, his art is heavily influenced by nature, along with Zuni culture, and artists from Pueblos to Picasso. Levon, who earned a Bachelor of Fine

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In ‘Toon with Cartoonist Ricardo Caté

Ricardo Caté of Santo Domingo/Kewa Pueblo is known for Without Reservations, the only Native American cartoon featured in a mainstream daily newspaper, which currently runs in the Santa Fe New Mexican and Taos News. A witty, engaging, and provocative exhibit featuring Ricardo’s works is showing in the Art Through Struggle

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Journey of the Bird of Kewa

“I talk to each pot. When it’s almost near completion, I say ‘Whose home are you going to grace? You’re only going to go to someone who really loves you, so be happy. Bless the home that you’re in.’” Perhaps no other quote or series of words could better capture

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Chavarria and the Santa Clara Craft

In the Singing Water Village near Two Waters Meet, Denise Chavarria has been working the clay since an early age, inspired by her mother, Stella Chavarria, and her grandmother, Teresita Naranjo. “I feel like all of the hard work I’ve put into my pottery has paid off,” Denise says of

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