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Christine Teller Storytellers with Braids
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Prize winning Isleta Pueblo potter Christine Teller crafted these one-of-a-kind Storytellers with Braids entirely by hand from natural clay. She depicted each traditionally garbed Storyteller mother with her hair in a braid, while holding two young children in her arms. Hand painted with natural pigments. Signed by the artist. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Though Native American tribes have been making dolls for hundreds of years, storyteller dolls 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 Jemez Pueblo—are well represented in the collections of our National Museum of the American Indian.
2.75"-2.88"h. x 1.94"-2.5"l. x 2.13"w.

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