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Arts of Native America

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Unlike old photographs of

grandma and grandpa that have

become withered and discarded

over time, the creation and the

designs of the American Indian

ancestors have not only sur-

vived, but have literally

emerged as a fine art centuries

later.

Robert Patricio (Acoma Pueb-

lo) and Michal Kanteena

(Laguna Pueblo) are renowned

for their classic old style work.

But throughout the Pueblos

and other American Indian

tribes throughout the United

States and Canada, the artwork

created by today’s people

recalls the very early times that

reach back through many,

many generations.

The pots and pans and din-

Imagine that your great-great

grandmother’s pots and pans

evolved into today’s fine art.

Flashback 900 years or so and

you are preparing a meal for

your family. No fine China, no

pots and pans from the shop-

ping mall.

Imagine a young couple 900

years or so ago creating their

own dinnerware. A ladle from

which to serve hearty soup,

bowls from which the family

enjoyed the soup.

Flash forward.

Through hundreds of years, the

creation and the designs of the

ancient grandmothers and

grandfathers that have been

passed through the many gener-

ations.

nerware of the people living

over one thousand years ago

has continued into an Anglo

culture of the 21st century.

In an era of the disposable

Xbox (and the eight-track tape

player), along with grandma’s

and grandpa’s old yellowed

pictures, a few original Ameri-

can values continue to be pre-

served by descendants of the

original Americans.

In the old times, there were no

shopping centers from which to

buy your dinnerware. The peo-

ple built their own, from the

ground up.

Would they ever think that 900

years later it would become an

art form?

A cereal bowl from years past.

Crafted from the earth. Thanking

nature for providing nurturance.

Acoma Potter Robert

Patricio elevates the cereal bowl

to fine art