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.

Prudy V Correa

My name is Prudy V. Correa. I am from the Pueblo of Acoma.

My clan is Red Corn from my Mother’s clan and Sky from my Father’s clan.

I have been making pottery since I was about 10 years old. I learned pottery making from my Grandmother, Marie Miller and my Mother, Mabel Vallo. I stayed with my Grandmother during the summer months. These were the times we would go gather clay in the mountains and go hiking to get the clay colors for her pottery.

I enjoy making Pueblo Nativity scenes and animal storytellers. I would like to make large pottery ollas because I have only made medium and small ollas. My artwork has been showcased at SWAIA Indian Market, Heard Museum, University of Arizona in Tucson, and other shows in the southwest.

“I am interested in teaching our young children the art of pottery making. My grand daughters are learning to make small potteries and hope they will also carry on our tradition of pottery making.”