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.

James M Ebelacker

James M. Ebelacker (High Hawk/Chun-ga-tuu-weh) is of the Winter Clan from Santa Clara Pueblo (Kha Po/Valley of the Wild Roses), New Mexico. He was born in 1959 to parents Robert and Virginia Ebelacker and is the grandson of Margaret Tafoya and Alcario Tafoya and the great grandson of Sara Fina Tafoya. James began making pottery at age 7; he was inspired and learned by watching his mother and grandmother, who are both renowned artists.

His education is comprised of: McCurdy High School then he attended Colorado State. Military service; in 1978 he enlisted in the Air Force, Medical Service (paramedic), transferred to the Alaska Air National Guard in 1998, retired 2010 after 31 years at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant with multiple overseas tours/deployments.

He is the proud father of two daughters; Sarena Elizabeth and Jamelyn Dawn, who are also potters. James lives and creates his pieces at his Cornblossom studio in Albuquerque, NM. His more recent awards are: 2012 SWAIA Lifetime Achievement Award, Best of Division, and numerous First Place and Second Place awards at SWAIA, Santa Fe Indian Market. Most noted for his traditional large redware and blackware; carved and uncarved.

Biographical Databases: NAAR Collection, Heard Museum, Phoenix: Museum of Indian Arts and Cultures, Santa Fe.

Collections: Heard Museum, Phoenix, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis.

Publications: Blair 1986: 143-44, Dillingham 1994-184, 198; Peaster 1970; 143

Galleries: Andrea Fischer Fine Art, Santa Fe; King Galleries, Scottsdale.