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Johanna Herrera Storytellers
Item #85182
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Made entirely by hand by Cochiti Pueblo potter Johanna Herrera, these one-of-a-kind Johanna Herrera Storytellers depict mothers cloaking two children in traditional blankets. Fashioned from Cochiti Pueblo clay, these expressively contemporary Standing Storytellers are hand painted in natural pigments. Signed by the artist. Handcrafted in New Mexico.

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Though Native American tribes have been making dolls for hundreds of years, storyteller dolls—like these Johanna Herrrera Storytellers—were first made by Cochiti artist Helen Cordero in 1964. She started with female figures with children in their arms. These were called "Singing Mothers." Later, she began to make male figures with children clinging to their backs and laps, as males were the traditional storytellers in her tribe. Soon other artists began to emulate her open-mouthed storyteller dolls. Each artist's clay dolls reflect their personal style and tribal heritage. Now one of the most collectible forms of clay art, storyteller dolls are well represented in the collections of our National Museum of the American Indian.
Flowers: 4.75"h. x 1.75"l. x 2"w.; Geometric: 5.25"h. x 2"l. x 1.75"w.

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