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Introduction to Mogollon
Introduction to Mogollon

The Mogollon tradition of the Greater Southwest was diverse, expansive, and vibrant.

Awa Tsireh, <em>Pottery Makers</em>
Awa Tsireh, Pottery Makers

Pottery Makers is one of many that the artist Awa Tsireh (Cattail Bird, Spanish name Alfonso Roybal) created about Pueblo cultures

Paquimé (Casas Grandes), Mogollon culture
Paquimé (Casas Grandes), Mogollon culture

Paquimé played a key role in trade and cultural contacts between the Pueblo culture of the southwestern United States and Mesoamerica.

Socorro black-on-white storage jar
Socorro black-on-white storage jar

This Ancestral Puebloan jar was made to store good during a time of drought

White Ogre Tihu (Katsina Figure)
White Ogre Tihu (Katsina Figure)

A Hopi blessing for a child's growth and prosperity, with a reminder to respect elders

Acoma polychrome water jar
Acoma polychrome water jar

A unique water jar from Acoma that features a pumpkin

Nampeyo, Polacca polychrome water jar
Nampeyo, Polacca polychrome water jar

A water jar made by a famous matriarch in Pueblo pottery

Pueblo architecture and its relationship to place
Pueblo architecture and its relationship to place

Pueblo architecture reveals a close connection to the surrounding landscape and to Pueblo culture.  

The pueblo modernism of Ma Pe Wi
The pueblo modernism of Ma Pe Wi

A modernism emerges from tourism, boarding schools & indigenous traditions

Nampeyo (Hopi-Tewa), polychrome jar
Nampeyo (Hopi-Tewa), polychrome jar

Nampeyo found inspiration from the old to create a pottery style that was entirely new and highly sought after.

Julian Martinez, <em>Buffalo Dancers</em>
Julian Martinez, Buffalo Dancers

Martinez’s distinctive style developed from studying Southwestern pottery and Modernist abstraction.

Puebloan: Maria Martinez, Black-on-black ceramic vessel
Puebloan: Maria Martinez, Black-on-black ceramic vessel

Faced with mass production, Maria Martinez continued hand-making pottery as art rather than utilitarian vessels.

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