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Ruby Panana will demonstrate the

art of pottery painting at River

Trading Post Santa Fe. Friday, May

25 from 11am to 7pm.

Volume 9, Issue 2

Page 3

F

AVORITE

P

LACES

: S

AN

I

LDEFONSO

P

UEBLO

Since before thirteen hundred

A.D. the people of Po-who-ge-

oweenge (Where the Water

Cuts Through) have inhabited

the pueblo known today as San

Ildefonso Pueblo.

Over the centuries the people

have retained a strong sense of

identity and still retain their

ancient ceremonies and rituals,

as well as their tribal dances.

Located a short distance north

of Santa Fe, New Mexico, San

Ildefonso became famous for

the revival of famous black

pottery, primarily because of

Maria Martinez.

During the nineteen-twenties,

the Pueblo faced a severe eco-

nomic depression, due to en-

croachment on tribal lands by

squatters and illegal timber

cutting on the land.

Fortunately, there were many

skilled artisans, makers of pot-

tery, and painters, that joined

together to improve the eco-

nomic condition of the Pueblo.

Though San Ildefonso is one of

the smallest Pueblos, it is

among the best known because

of the exceptional art created

there.

Today, visitors can enjoy festi-

vals and dances at the Pueblo

during June, July and Septem-

ber.

One of the most important

festival is the beautiful Buffalo

Deer Dance, performed on San

Ildefonso’s feast day, January

23.

Editor’s Correction. In our last issue we

indicated that Aztec ruins were in Aztec,

Colorado. Actually the ruins are lo-

cated in Aztec, New Mexico... always

have been. Sorry.

F

OUR

G

REAT

C

OLLECTOR

E

XPERIENCES

River Trading Post

314 N. River Street

Dundee, Illinois 60118

847-426-6901

610 B. Canyon Road

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

505-982-2805

7033 E. Main Street

Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

480-444-0001

www.rivertradingpost.com

Whether you are decorating

your home or are an avid col-

lector of fine American Indian

art, you will find River Trading

Post has a great mix of historic

and contemporary art from

over 50 tribal nations.

Come visit. Enjoy!

Dundee

RTP On-Line

Scottsdale

Santa Fe

Deer Dancer

Martinez, Richard (Opa Mu Nu)

1932

Tribal Dances at San Ildefonso have

endured over the centuries.

cably painted bowls, wedding

vases, cantinas in the tradition

of Trinidad Median and Sofia

Medina. (See image right.)

Ruby has won awards at the

New Mexico State Fair, Santa

Fe Indian Market, Heard Mu-

seum Guild Market others.

Come out, join us, and enjoy

Ruby’s work...and to see just

how this special artist works the

clay.

Ruby Panana is an award win-

ning potter and member of the

Zia Pueblo.

Unlike many other potters,

Ruby still gathers clay from her

reservation and uses all natural

pigments for her paint.

A fourth generation potter, she

learned most of her skills from

her mother Serafina Pino Bell.

Panana is especially well

known for her large and impec-

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Classic Ruby Panana Pottery