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.

Alvina Yeppa

Alvina was born on August 4, 1954, at Jemez Pueblo, where she has been a lifelong resident. She is a member of the Jemez Sun Clan. She is the daughter of Nick and Felipita (Nonche) Yepa and the granddaughter of Frank and Louisa Fragua Toledo and Cristina and Juanita Fragua Yepa. Her siblings are Priscilla, Albert, Cristina, Jose, Lawrence, Salvadore, and Wallace Yepa. She has two sons (Gavin and Jordan) and three grandchildren (Marley and Kyrie Lujan and Javin Yepa).

Alvina was eight years old when she started helping her mother paint and polish pots and learned traditional pottery making from her mother. Her pots are made using the traditional coil method and are fired in the traditional manner using cedar wood. Her teardrop opening and her radiating feather motif incised on the upper body of a jar are her signature designs.

In 1986 Alvina began entering her work in the Southwestem Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) Santa Fe Indian Market. Since then she has been the recipient of many prestigious awards. Her pottery has been exhibited by the Booth Western Art Museum and the Heard Museum. Publication of her work is included in, “Southern Pueblo Pottery”: 2000 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf and “Pueblo and Navajo Contemporary Pottery” Second Edition by Berger & Schiffer.