Storyteller Figures from the American Southwest

Overview

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This learning center serves as an introduction to Native American clay storyteller figures, first created in 1964 by Helen Cordero of Cochiti Pueblo in New Mexico. Included in this center are a timeline and sequence of activities utilized by this art teacher for guiding students through the planning, creation and glazing stages, images of storytellers created by Native artists and by fifth grade students, as well as process photos of steps and students at work. 

At left is a storyteller doll by Helen Cordero. It represents Helen's grandfather, Santiago Quintana, a renowned Cochiti Pueblo storyteller.

The map on the right shows the New Mexico pueblos. To see an enlarged version of the map, click on its title.