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.

Franklin Peters

I come from a family of 5 sisters. I was born into the Sky Clan (Huwaka) and raised on the Acoma Reservation. As a young child, I have been around pottery a lot and by just being around someone very special in my life that made pottery. With this experience, I have taken a huge interest in pottery and have taken it to heart.

My mother Ella Peters taught me the process to make potter, “just watch me first and learn every step that I do.” She went on molding her pottery by hand and using tear¬drop shaped pumpkin gourds and small homemade wooden tools. Rosalie and her older sister, Edna taught her the process. I have been making and painting pottery for 12 years now, it took a lot of practice, trial and error to get to where I am today.

“Let me tell you a little about the meaning of the pottery designs. First of all, the pottery itself is mother-earth. The designs on the pots have many meanings. I enjoy using traditional designs. The sun, clouds, plants, rain, lightning, and of course the animals are symbolic. The pottery brings a lot of beauty to a home. Traditionally, pottery was made to hold water. The old folks say that Acoma pottery is known for its thin walls and is the only type of handmade pottery that could hold water, in extreme temperatures; cold or brought to a boil. Our ancestors used the pots for cooking, and for storing their goods; the water jug was used by men during planting and hunting season.”