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, with Jemez home to the greatest number.

An unusual double storyteller by Felicia Fragua. 4.75 inches tall and $225. (SANTA FE)

At right is one of Bonnie Fragua’s Drama Mamas. 7.5 inches tall and $375. (SANTA FE

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 A gang of Koshares, taking a melon break. By Antoinette Concha, each is 3.5 inches high and $35. These are in Santa Fe but we have several in Tucson as well.

The Koshare is a Tewa black and white striped clown whose name in Hopi is Koshare or Koyala. He appears in all the Tewa pueblos of the Rio Grande (where they are called Kossa) and in non-Tewa pueblos, like Jemez and Cochiti – where the twins outsmarted a powerful evil being with their apparent buffoonery. There they appear in pairs as they are supposed to be twins. One of his nicknames is Glutton – as he always carries or tries to carry more food than he can possibly eat. One of his functions is to demonstrate how one is supposed to behave by taking the opposite behaviors –notably greed and self-interest- to their absurd extreme. 


Clifford Kim Fragua of Jemez made this storyteller with the children sitting on her skirt. 6 by 6 inches. $130. Chrislyn Fragua made the tall (7 inches) woman with two children peeking out behind their mother’s blanket. $190. Front and back views of a Corn Maiden by Chris Fragua. 6.75 inches high and $135. (ALL IN SANTA FE)

Three dog figurines - each is up for adoption.Created by Darrick Tsosie of Jemez. They are each just over 4 inches tall. $70 each. (TUCSON)

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A polychrome deer with twig antlers, by Michael Kanteena of Laguna Pueblo. 4.25 inches long and 6 inches to the top of the antlers. SOLD. (TUCSON)

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Lupe Lucero of Jemez Pueblo made this very happy Koshare holding two fat slices of watermelon. 4 inches high and $60. (TUCSON)

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Clifford Kim Fragua of Jemez made this storyteller with the children sitting on her skirt. 6 by 6 inches. $130. (TUCSON)

Above is a storyteller by Casimiro Toya from Jemez Pueblo. She is just under 7 inches high and $90. (SANTA FE)

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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)

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A Hilili katsina by Michael Kanteena of Laguna Pueblo. 11 inches high. $300. (TUCSON)

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Aaron Mirabal of Taos made the two at left and centert. 2 inches and 4 inches high and are $25 and $60 respectively. The one at far right is by Karen Nieto of Cochiti Pueblo. 1 7/8 inches high and $28 All three are made from micaceous clay and are in Tucson.

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Darrick Tsosie crafted this beautiful St Francis. 6 inches high. $240. (TUCSON)

The Grandfather storyteller is 5.25 inches high and $220. It was made by Darrick Tsosie of Jemez. (TUCSON) A cat storyteller, by Darrick’s mother Emily Fragua-Tsosie. 6 inches high and SOLD. (SANTA FE) The next cat and the dog storytellers are also by Darrick. The mama cat is 7 inches tall and SOLD. The dog (bulldog? boxer?) and pup are 7 inches high and also $185. (TUCSON)

 

 

A pair of cats by Dorothy Herrera. Each is 2 inches high and $60. (update: the black and white cat has sold) The father and son storyteller is also by Dorothy. 2 inches high. $60. Virginia Lucero made the storyteller wearing a shawl. 3 1/8 inches high and priced at $105. (TUCSON)