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.

Leslie Velardez Jaramillo

First born granddaughter and daughter of Robin Teller, Leslie is the fifth generation to work in pottery. She feels fortunate to have spent time with her grandmother Stella as a small child. During this time is where she was allowed to play with the clay and watch her grandmother make her beautiful storytellers.

Over the years, Leslie created her own style of storytellers, figurines and nativities. Now she is raising her own family and pursuing her dreams in the medical service field, but still continues to create pottery. Leslie says she feels a sense of responsibility to carry on the family tradition and is very proud to be a part of this legacy.