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Mary Lucero Navajo Lady Storyteller Doll
Item #85121
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Jemez Pueblo clay artist Mary Lucero handmade this lovely Navajo Lady Storyteller Doll, who holds two young children and a lamb. Using the knowledge and skills taught to her by her grandmother Magnita, the artist gathers the clay from the Jemez Pueblo hills and the natural materials and pigments from pueblo sacred grounds. She then shapes her figure before firing it outdoors over an open kiln. Fully finished on all sides, this Mary Lucero Navajo Lady Storyteller Doll is handcrafted in New Mexico.
Though Native American tribes have been making dolls for hundreds of years, storyteller dolls like this Mary Lucero Navajo Lady Storyteller Doll were first made by Conchiti 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.
3.25"h. x 2.25"w.

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