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"Collecting Tips for Novices"
by E. J. Guarino
Reprinted with permission of Native Peoples Magazine, Jan/Feb 2007 issue

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 Recommended reading and references for collectors
On Collecting Antique Native American Art by Marcy Burns

Caveat Emptor ~ Recently reported thefts ~ Click here
The Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association (ATADA) ATADA Calendar

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Internet Links

Museum Hill, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Museum of Spanish Colonial Art
The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art is the newest museum on the Santa Fe scene and features objects from throughout the Spanish Colonial world, housed in a historical building designed by John Gaw Meem.
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
At the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, encounter Native cultures and artifacts of the Southwest from ancestral to contemporary, in exhibits drawing from more than 70,000 works of art and material culture.
Museum of International Folk Art
To experience the color and excitement of the world's cultures, go to the Museum of International Folk Art and see an unparalleled collection that includes toys, textiles, household goods and religious art.
Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
New Mexico's oldest private non-profit museum, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, emphasizes important Native American art in an eight-sided building inspired by a traditional Navajo hooghan.

Recommended Books .

Anaszi to Zuni Southwestern Pottery: Anasazi to Zuni
by Allen Hayes & John Blom

Highly Recommended - This book is fun to read and covers a great deal of information from the ancient to the contemporary. Perfect for pueblo pottery neophytes. Excellent book for conveying historical knowledge and demonstrating the fun part of collecting as well. The book was published several years ago and there are many excellent potters that are not referred to in the text. Hayes and Blom are actual collectors but they can't be expected to represent all the good pueblo potters in their single book. A great place to start.

The Making of Pueblo Pottery Talking With The Clay: The Art of Pueblo Pottery by Stephen Trimble

Highly Recommended - This book really captures the spirit in which pueblo pottery is created with many profiles, quotes and photographs. Hayes & Bloom help people to get excited about collecting but Stephen Trimble helps people 'get' what is at the heart of appreciating why this pottery has become so important to so many people. This book, along with Hayes & Blom, are the two book we recommend that everyone should read when they begin their relationship with pueblo pottery.

Southern Pueblo PotterySouthern Pueblo Pottery: 2000 Artists Biographies by Gregory Schaaf. Ph.D.

A comprehensive book for serious collectors or dealers with biographies, photographs of pottery (black and white) and photographs of potters but not for those looking to learn more about the spirit of Native American pottery. It's a very good reference book that we use for most of our biographies.


Hopi Tewa bookHopi Tewa Pottery: 500 Artists Biographies by Gregory Schaaf. Ph.D.

The most comprehensive source for Hopi-Tewa potters and pottery. Part of the American Indian Arts Series. Greg and Angie Schaaf are very serious scholars of Southwest Native American arts with books on pueblo pottery, jewelry, textiles and baskets with more to come. They do outstanding work.



Pueblo and Navajo Contemporary Pottery and Directory of Artists by Berger & Schiffer

Beautiful color photographs along with personal experiences and honest insights into the pueblo culture make this a very fine book for learning about the pottery and the people who create it.

Pueblo Pottery

Pueblo Indian Pottery: 750 Artist Biographies, C. 1800-Present, with Value/Price Guide, Featuring over 20 Years of Auction Records by Gregory Schaaf. Ph.D.

A good reference book for serious collectors and dealers - a major resource for about Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, San Juan, Tesuque, Nambe and Pojoaque pueblo potters.

Excellent and comprehensive biographies of two founding master potters
and matriarchs of today's pueblo pottery tradition.

The Legacy of a Master Potter: Nampeyo and Her Descendants
by Mary Ellen and Lawrence Blair, Treasure Chest Books, Tucson, Arizona
The Living Tradition of Maria Martinez
by Susan Peterson, published by Kodansha International
Tokyo, New York & San Francisco - Distributed by Harper & Row

Fourteen Families

Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery by Rick Dillingham, (Foreword by J. J. Brody)

Beautifully published book with wonderful photographs, insightful quotes from the artists, family genealogical charts and maps of the pueblos. Considered a standard book for collectors.


Pueblo pottery FamiliesPueblo Pottery Families by Lillian Peaster

A good beginning book that travels well if you are on vacation in the Southwest. Tells you the basics of who's who and what's what. Includes portraits, color photographs of pottery, and family trees. Again, copyright is 1997 so don't expect those family trees to tell it all. There are many excellent potters not found in this book.

Santa Clara PotterySanta Clara Pottery Today, Vol. 29 by Betty LaFree

Step by step information and images showing how Santa Clara pottery is produced from digging the clay, shaping (techniques), incising (the tools), firing (heat, fuel) and more. Includes great appendixes on the evolution of Santa Clara pottery, design analysis and a list of active potters plus a glossary of terms and a very good bibliography. Everything you could want to know about Santa Clara pottery today.


StorytellersStorytellers and Other Figurative Pottery by Douglas Congdon-Martin

Figurative pottery appeared in the Southwest as early as 300 B.C. and as early as 400 A.D. among the Anasazi who are the predecessors of today's Pueblo Indians. The creator of the Storyteller form is Helen Cordero of the Cochiti Pueblo who created the first Storyteller in 1964 Today Storytellers are made by Cochiti and by people from all the surrounding pueblos as well as other peoples such as the Navajo, Blackfoot and Hispanics. The book is pages of color photographs depicting work from all the different creators plus how the process is done. Very definitive and well priced.

Micaceous Pottery

All That Glitters: The Emergence of Native American Micaceous Art Pottery in Northern New Mexico by Duane Anderson

An excellent book by Duane Anderson with a fore ward by Lonnie Vigil. The book to learn more about the origins of micaceous pottery and its evolution into a pottery genre that is gaining in popularity very quickly. Published by the School of American Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Native Peoples MagazineNative Peoples Magazine

Excellent articles about Native American events, art, crafts, music and overall culture by some of the best writers in the Southwest. This publication is better than ever with expanded coverage on the arts and events among the indigenous peoples of the Western hemisphere! Subscribe now to Native Peoples magazine and you'll receive 6 beautiful issues during the coming year. It's a great deal for only $19.95.

Indian Arts MagazineAmerican Indian Art Magazine

For more than 30 years, American Indian Art Magazine has been the premier magazine devoted exclusively to the great variety of American Indian art. This beautifully illustrated quarterly features articles by leading experts, the latest information on current auction results, publications, legal issues, museum and gallery exhibitions and events.


The Legacy of Generations: the Avant-Garde

© Susan Peterson, 1998

An essay that is part of an Internet Course and Interdisciplinary Resource titled Women Artists of the American Southwest: Past & Present, featuring the vital contributions that women have made to the art and history of the American West. Co-developed by Susan Ressler, Purdue University (concept developer, editor), Jerrold Maddox, Penn State University (web developer), and hosted on the Purdue University web site Highly recommended.

Micaceous Gold
An introduction to the history and brilliant future of micaceous pottery

"On The ClayHound Trail"
by Tim Liguori

 "On The ClayHound Trail" is written by Tim Liguori who, with his wife Monique, has followed the path of the traditional collector of Native American pottery for over 20 years and amassed a collection of work from all 20 pueblos, 10 desert (non-pueblo) locations and 9 Eastern locations.

Tim and Monique are launching their own website that presents their collection and much more. It is a wonderful resource for anyone who would be a spectrum buyer (sampling the spectrum of Native American culture) rather than just collecting because a pot has a known name written on it or the potential for investment returns. Their new site is the result of years of experience and this is their story.

Pueblo Pottery: Enduring Styles of the Southwest
by RoseMary Diaz

Pueblo pottery of the Southwest is among the purest of all North American Indian art forms. That is to say, its design and execution have gone virtually unchanged for generations. value. Of course, innovations, technical advances and minor deviations in style and design have always produced vessels outside the norm of the day, but for the most ....

American Indian Arts and Crafts:
A Study on Handcrafts and the Industry

presented by Andy P. Abeita, president - Council for Indigenous Arts and Culture, NM
A Guide to Native American Studies Programs
in the United States and Canada

by Robert M. Nelson, Editor


Several of the photographs on this site are attributed to Edward S. Curtis who, in 1896, began a life-long project of recording images and creating a text to document the Native Americans of North America. The project was completed in1930 after great personal hardship. He made over 40,000 negatives using 14x17 and 11x14 inch view cameras and later a 6x8 inch reflex camera. Most of these images were recorded on glass plate negatives. The final published work consisted of 20 volumes of text accompanied by a portfolio volume of plates.

Curtis felt a great urgency to his work which he described in Volume I of The North American Indian: "The passing of every old man or woman means the passing of some tradition, some knowledge of sacred rites possessed by no other; consequently the information that is to be gathered, for the benefit of future generations, respecting the mode of life of one of the great races of mankind, must be collected at once or the opportunity will be lost for all time. It is that need that has inspired the present task." Edward S. Curtis, 1907

Smithsonian presentation of Edward S. Curtis photography
Library of Congress: Life of Edward S. Curtis
Edward S. Curtis: Dialogue  - The work of Edward Curtis has stirred
heated controversy on and off Indian reservations since its rediscovery in the 1970s. Curtis has been accused of posing his subjects, fabricating traditional Indian life from his own imagination, and perpetuating the myth of the vanishing race. This site focuses on the complexity of the controversies surrounding Curtis and his work.
The North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis - Features the photographs and text from the 20 volumes.


Photographs of pottery by Edward S. Curtis. Click on the images to see an enlargement.

Nampeyo of Hano
as a young woman

San Juan pottery

Zuni pottery

Petition to revoke the 20 Medals of Honor
awarded to soldiers for the massacre of 328 Native American men, women & children at Wounded Knee, December 29, 1890.

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