An accomplished Navajo Nation storyteller artist, Phyliss Nez focuses on the face of the storyteller, as in this engaging Phyliss Nez Storyteller Doll. Phyliss makes her one-of-a-kind Phyliss Nez Storyteller Dolls (like this festive woman with three cats) entirely by hand, using the techniques taught her by Felicita Eustace of the Cochiti Pueblo—coiling the hand-gathered clay, shaping it, painting it with natural pigments, and firing it outdoors over an open kiln. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Though Native American tribes have been making dolls for hundreds of years, storyteller dolls like this Phyliss Nez Storyteller Doll were first made by Cochiti artist Helen Cordero in 1964. Soon other artists began to emulate her open-mouthed storyteller dolls, always holding children or animals. Each artist’s clay dolls reflect their personal style and tribal heritage. Now one of the most collectible forms of clay art, storyteller dolls—many from the Cochiti Pueblo—are well represented in the collections of our National Museum of the American Indian.
3.75"h. x 2.5"w.