The Native American people of this region have lived in harmony and respect with their natural environment.

Stories of their emergence and of their living history are handed down from one generation to the next through prayer and song. The traditional knowledge of their ancestors is the basis for how they live today and is reflected in architecture, traditions, arts and ceremony.

We are most grateful for the blessings of our Earth Mother as she provides us with all that we need to sustain our livelihood now, and into the future. As native people living in modern times, we have a responsibility to maintain balance with our natural environment and world trends. As you explore this collection of traditional and contemporary artwork, you will see memories of the past as well as the voice and creativity of modern native people.

We invite you to enjoy this celebration of cultural art.

Mona Teller

Mona Teller is third daughter of Stella and represents the fourth generation. She was inspired as a child by watching her grandmother Felicita Jojola and mother as they formed and shaped the clay to make their figurines and pottery.

In later years, Mona was encouraged to begin working in clay by her mother and sister Lynette and since then Mona has become known for her style of storytellers and nativity scenes. Working with clay has been an inspiring and welcome journey for Mona, it provides a soothing way of expressing her inner strength and love for the earth. As a mother and a grandmother herself, she hopes someday to pass the legacy on to them.