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Judy Lewis Storyteller with Animals
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Award-winning Acoma Pueblo clay sculptor, Judy Lewis employs the methods of her ancestors to create her highly detailed handmade storyteller dolls. A one-of-a-kind artwork shaped from hand-gathered Acoma Pueblo clay, this joyful Storyteller with Animals depicts an elaborately dressed mother holding two children. Tiny birds, a lady bug and a cat perch here and there. 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—like this Judy Lewis Storyteller with Animals—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.
6"h. x 4"l. x 3"w.

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