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Though figurative pottery has a long history in the Pueblos, storyteller figures are recent, going back to about 1963 when Helen Cordero of Cochiti made the first one, in honor of her father, Santiago Quintana, a traditional storyteller. Most storyteller figurines come from Cochiti and Jemez (the latter having more storyteller makers, but ones from other pueblos can be found.
The bowl embellished with the Cat People above a fish-filled stream was made by Emily Tsosie of Jemez. 6 inches high and 6 inches across. $240. The cat wit a fish for its kitten is also by Emily. 3.75 inches high. $70. The pair of cats at right are by her son Derek Tsosie. Each is 4 inches high and $70. ALL IN SANTA FE
Ed and Dina Yepa made these charming fox and raccoon figurines. Each is 4 5/8 inches high and $90. (SANTA FE and TUCSON)
A twist on the traditional storyteller that the maker, Bonnie Fragua, calls a Drama Mama. 6.5 inches high and $275. (TUCSON - but we have one in Santa Fe as well)
Derrick Tsosie of Jemez Pueblo made these three pups. Each is 4 inches high and $70. The grey one is in Santa Fe and the other two are in Tucson. They range in size from 4 to 4.25 inches in height. $70 each.
Virginia Lucero made the storyteller at left. 3 1/8 inches high and priced at $105. The one at right was created by Dorothy Herrera, grand-daughter of Helen Cordero who created the first storyteller figurine over a half century ago. 3 7/8 inches high. $90. (TUCSON)
The center storyteller (3.75 inches high) is by Joyce Lucero of Jemez, while the other two(are by her sister, Diane. Each is $90. (Santa Fe)
Above is a storyteller by Casimiro Toya from Jemez Pueblo. She is just under 7 inches high and $90. (SANTA FE)
Diane Lucero of Jemez Pueblo made these two lady storytellers. 3.5 inches high. $100. (TUCSON - but we have her work in Santa Fe as well)
Derrick Tsosie crafted this beautiful St Francis. 6 inches high. $240. (TUCSON)
The poodle storyteller is by Felicia Fragua and is 6 inches long and about 4 inches high. $160. The Grandfather stoyteller is 5.25 inches high and $220. It was made by Darrick Tsosie of Jemez. (TUCSON)