(Read Pueblo Prayer here.) A Shumakolowa Native Arts exclusive! Featuring vibrant red, green and blue imagery on black, this bold design is based on celebrated Jemez painter George Toya’s work titled "A Pueblo Prayer.” Toya’s painting depicts the sacred significance of cornmeal and corn pollen, and the connection between natural cycles and human well-being. Celebrate life through nature’s abundance with this keepsake blanket developed to commemorate the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC)’s 40th anniversary year.
The first 250 blankets sold are signed by George Toya and numbered. Established in 1976, IPCC’s mission is to preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture, and to advance understanding by presenting with dignity and respect the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico.
In Pueblo life, prayers are offered to the Deities of the Universe. Every element of the Universe has a spirit or Energy that it exudes. Our Pueblo prayers acknowledge this through the offering of Sacred Corn meal and Corn Pollen. Corn meal is offered because at one time it was the most valuable commodity we possessed, our food. We offer prayers to the Sun, the Moon, the Sky, the Stars, the Wind, the Clouds, Rain, Thunder, Lightning, and all the Heavenly bodies. The Earth, the Mountains, and Valleys, the Soil, the Rivers and the Waters, the Trees and Plants throughout the Land. The Animals that inhabit the Land above and below the Ground, The Birds and Insects. The Four Sacred Directions, Our Homelands and Sacred Places and our Place of Origin. All these and more are acknowledged in our Pueblo Prayers. The Prayers are offered for the Good of Our Communities so that We Will Always Feel Safe, because when We Feel Safe We are Confident. That We Will Always be Content, Happy with the Blessings we have Received and Achieve to our full Potential. That We Will Remain Strong, because We need both Physical and Mental Strength to Accomplish Anything. And Lastly that We Live a Good Life.
- Collectible Pendleton blanket
- Original artwork by artist George Toya (Jemez Pueblo)
- 82% pure virgin wool and 18% cotton
- Napped, Felt bound
- Robe measures 64" x 80"
- Dry clean
- Made in the USA
Pendleton blankets require special care. For more information about proper care and cleaning, please read our Care Guide.
About the Artist
Toya’s early professional years were spent studying design, engineering and screen-printing, all of which are evident in his meticulously drafted paintings, prints and drawings. Toya’s home and cultural base of Jemez Pueblo inspires and informs his work, as well. Traditional Pueblo symbols for the sun, moon and stars--just to name a few--overflow with the vibrant colors so often seen in New Mexican skies and landscapes. More abstract interpretations of meaningful shapes take flight on canvas through Toya’s strong graphics and bold placement of color. His pieces are one part fantasy, one part reality, and always filled with a narrative waiting to be discovered. Toya says his art is “…a conglomeration of tribal experiences, history, travels, observations and even comic books.”
A regular participant in art fairs, Toya has won awards at the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Arts and Crafts Show, the Tulsa Indian Art Festival, the Dallas Indian Art Market and more. His paintings have been selected to grace the posters for both the American Indian Arts Alliance Show in Scottsdale, Arizona and the Albuquerque Indian Mar-ket in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was honored with a one-man show, “Pueblo 3D,” at the Poeh Museum in Pojoaque, New Mexico in 2007. Toya’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Poeh Museum, the Bernie Figenbaum and Sheila Klebanow Collection in New York City, New York and in numerous private collections in Swe-den, England, Germany, Japan, Canada and the United States.Learn more about George Toya and shop more artwork on his Featured Artist Page
The first 200 blankets sold are signed by George Toya and numbered, with $40 of each sale benefiting the IPCC’s endowment fund in honor of their 40th anniversary. This exclusive, keepsake Pendleton presents a collecting opportunity both rare and valuable!Since 1909, Pendleton Woolen Mills has produced iconic woolens of incredible beauty and quality. The blankets are made in Pendleton’s American mills, where every step of the weaving process is completed, from carding and spinning to the weaving of yarn into fabric on high-speed looms. Pendleton’s first Indian trade blanket was produced in 1909 at the company’s mill in Oregon. The blankets were brought to Southwest Native American tribes and exchanged for silver jewelry, wool or other items of value. Pendleton designers drew upon traditional Native American patterns to create blankets that were more colorful and detailed than earlier trading blankets brought to the region. Southwestern Native American tribes used the blankets as apparel and as a standard of value for trading and credit. They were also prized for ceremonial uses, playing a part in dowries, weddings, gift giving, powwows, dance prizes, naming ceremonies, funerals and memorials. Still renowned for their intricate patterns and premium quality, Pendleton blankets are a unique collectible that can be passed down to future generations. Read our Pendleton Collector's Guide.
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At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.