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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.
At left is a storyteller by Casimiro Toya from Jemez Pueblo. She is just under 7 inches high and $90. The Tohono O'odham lady at right was made by Rupert Ange. 9 inches high and 7.5 inches aide. $125. (BOTH IN TUCSON)
Dale Tsosie made the cat story teller at left. 6.5 inches high. $200. The two at right were made by Chris Fragua of Jemez Pueblo. Each is 6.5 inches high and $150 (the grey cats have SOLD). (BOTH IN SANTA FE)
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)
Antoinette Concha just brought in this Koshare line-up. You'll note that besides indulging in their favorite pastime (eating) one is lying back (SOLD), talking on his cell phone while the one at the far right is playing games on his cell phone. The ones lying down are about 5 inches long and those sitting up are about 3.5 inches high. Each is $30. (TUCSON)
Cas Toya of Jemez made the Grandfather storyteller at right which is quite large: 14 inches high. Ten children. $560. (SANTA FE)
Two storytellers by Dorothy Herrera (the one at center has SOLD). Each is 3 inches high and $90. The mother and child at right is by Antoinette Concha of Jemez (now living at Taos). 5.25 inches high. $90. (SANTA FE)
Stephanie Rhodes, who signs her work Snowflake Flower (the English translation of her name) is 85 years old as of this February. She continues to create very charming work in her home at Cochiti. The figures at left is 6 inches high and $225. The one at right is 5 inches high and SOLD. (SANTA FE)
The Navajo lady peaceful reading under the tree (which is 4 inches tall) with her dog at her side, was made by Navajo clay artist Elizabeth Manygoats. $160. (SANTA FE)