Native Art & Artists

  • We’ve Changed Our Name

    Our Pueblo-owned store located inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico is undergoing a name change. Shumakolowa Native Arts has changed its name to the Indian Pueblo Store to better reflect our location in, and affiliation with, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and its representation of the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico.

  • From Mud Pies to Masterpieces: The Chronicle of Clarence Cruz

    There’s an old familiar adage stating that no matter the task or journey, you’ve got to start somewhere. “I first started out with mud pies in the ditch,” Clarence Cruz says with a hearty laugh...
  • Guided by Many Grandmas: The Pottery of Myron Sarracino

    Read the Myron Sarracino Laguna Pueblo BlogMyron started making tiny bowls and animals around age 12, seeking guidance from any elder willing to share it. “That’s how I learned a lot,” he says, “by questions, and by them showing me, like demonstrating what I need to do, how to prepare the clay, where to get the clays, the paints—how to make the paints—how to do my firings and stuff like that.”

  • Elder Hands of the Corn Clan: Jemez Pueblo’s Juanita Fragua

    Gratitude for every day that you are able to use your skills and gifts to create is one of the core values of Pueblo potters. At 83, Juanita Fragua of Jemez Pueblo has a lot to be grateful for. "I just do my thing, and go in the shop and work—all day, every day” she says proudly.

  • Tradition, Clay, and the Open Road

    From the wings of eagles to tires on the blacktop, Natalie Sandia’s pottery and family legacy have been all about the journey.

    “Me and my dad, we used to travel all over most of the United States delivering pottery,” Natalie says, “and that was just so awesome... 

  • Cartoonist Ricardo Caté was Drawn to Standing Rock

    Ricardo Caté Cartoon Supporting Standing Rock Protest
    Santo Domingo Pueblo cartoonist Ricardo Caté felt the call of the protests surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline, and shares an insider’s view of what happened at Standing Rock in an intimate interview with IPCC.
  • What Does “Anasazi” Mean, and Why Is It Controversial?

    A staff member was recently updating a page on our website and were surprised when they came across some text using the outdated term “Anasazi.” They recognized the need to change the term on that page
  • Fighting Fires and Chasing Dinosaurs: An Interview with Artist Levon Loncassion

    "Growing up in a household where there’s an alcoholic father—there was a lot of abuse, violence, shouting—so for me to get away from that, I just had to escape, and what I would do is take a bunch of those materials from school and work on it alone by myself in my room, just to get away...."
  • In ‘Toon with Cartoonist Ricardo Caté

    In ‘Toon with Cartoonist Ricardo CatéRicardo Caté of Santo Domingo/Kewa Pueblo is known for Without Reservations, the only Native American cartoon featured in a mainstream daily newspaper, which currently runs in the Santa Fe New Mexican and Taos News. A witty, engaging, and provocative exhibit featuring Ricardo’s works is showing in the Art Through Struggle Gallery inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) now through Jan. 6, 2019.
  • Journey of the Bird of Kewa

    “I talk to each pot. When it’s almost near completion, I say ‘Whose home are you going to grace? You’re only going to go to someone who really loves you, so be happy. Bless the home that you’re in.’”
  • Carol Lucero Gachupin: Telling a Story of Walatowa Storytellers

    From red rocks to white hills and green fields, this is the place where Towa words ride the wind, reaching the ears of corn along the Jemez River, and the ears of the Walatowa people. Growing up in Jemez Pueblo with a love for art and words, how could Carol Lucero Gachupin not be destined to create storytellers?

  • Denise Chavarria and the Santa Clara Craft

    Denise Chavarria Blog

    In the Singing Water Village near Two Waters Meet, Denise Chavarria has been working the clay since an early age, inspired by her mother, Stella Chavarria, and her grandmother, Teresita Naranjo.

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