314 N. River Street
East Dundee, IL 60118
cross-hatched patterns that sym-
bolized rain. Lightning, thun-
der clouds, mountains, the in-
fluences of the cycle of life, and
water and sky were frequent
The designs were applied with
the spike of a yucca made into a
brush by chewing.
Upon completion, the potter
would lightly strike the side of
the pot, holding it to their ear.
If the pot did not ring, the piece
was known to have cracked in
the firing process and would be
destroyed and ground into
shards for future use.
Today, old Acoma pottery is
not only revered for its unique
artistic characteristics, but be-
Fifty miles west of Albuquerque
is the historic Acoma pueblo
where pottery making dates
back more than 1,000 years.
Pottery was functional, and was
used for storage, cooking and
eating. Water jugs were used
by Acoma men for long hunt-
The local dense clay made for
the perfect medium for pottery.
Potters dried the clay and
strengthened it by adding of
pulverized pottery shards and
sand. They hand-coiled, paint-
ed and fired the piece using
dung for fuel.
Geometric patterns, thunder-
birds and rainbows were the
traditional designs, as were
cause of its immensely rich
River Trading Post features a
select grouping of the rare old
Acoma work, as well as classic
old work from Zuni, Zia and
The old pieces also are featured
on the Pottery section of River
Trading Post website under
Arts of Native America
This Acoma polychrome storage pot dates
back to 1890, and is a classic example of
the old work.
Even with the ladle wear around the rim,
the beauty of this classic Acoma pot still