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.

Fannie Loreto Lucero

Fannie Loretto,“Little Turquoise”, was born in 1951. She is half Jemez and half Laguna; she is a member of the water clan. She began making pottery at the age of 16. Fannie has been hand coiling clay sculptures and masks for over 10 years, prior to that she made several shapes of hand coiled pottery using traditional ancient methods which were passed down to her from several members in her family.

Fannie was inspired to learn the art of working with clay by assisting her mother, Carrie Reid Loretto make her pottery. She gathers all her natural pigments from within the Jemez Pueblo. Then; she grinds, cleans, mixes the clay, hand pinches, shapes, paints, and fires her creations, outdoors in the traditional way.

“The masks are my favorite to create because it’s like drawing in 3-D, when I make them.”