The Dr. Samuel R. Poliakoff Collection of Western Art

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Jim Abieta
Jim Abieta
Jim Abieta
Jim Abieta
Norma Ami
Mildred Antonio
Joe Beeler
Nathan Begay
Nathan Begay
Ernest Berke
Ernest Berke
Ernest Berke
Ernest Berke
Ernest Berke
Nettie Bica
Rena Billie
Rena Billie
Blue Corn
Blue Corn
Blue Corn
Mary Cain
Barbara and Joseph Cerno
Lorraine Chinama
Marie Z Chino
Grace Chino
Marie Z Chino
Marie Z Chino
Marie Z Chino
Roger Cooke
Roger Cooke
Arthur and Hilda Coriz
Joe de Yong
Joe de Yong
Joe de Yong
Joe de Yong
Thomas A DeDecker
Frank DiVita
Juanita Suazo Dubray
Cora Duran
Richard Ebelacker
Nick Eggenhofer
Daro Flood
Joseph Gachupin
Laura Gachupin
Rose Chino Garcia
Rose Chino Garcia
Tina Garcia
Louise Goodman
Martha Gordon
Pula Gutierrez
Margaret Gutierrez and Luther Gutierrez
Geraldine Gutierrez
Pula Gutierrez
Virginia Gutierrez
Pula Gutierrez
Pula Gutierrez
Pula Gutierrez
Pula Gutierrez
Pula Gutierrez
Margaret Gutierrez and Luther Gutierrez
Margaret Gutierrez and Luther Gutierrez
Lois Gutierrez de la Cruz
Eva Hisita
Allan Houser
Rodina Huma
Rodina Huma
Rodina Huma
Stella Huma
Mary Kee
Alton Komalestewa
Charles Lee
Emma Lewis
Lucy Lewis
Emma Lewis
Lucy Lewis
Emogene Lomakema
Anita Garcia Lowden
Ralph Lowe
Rebecca Lucario
Maria Martinez and Popovi Da
Maria Martinez and Popovi Da
Maria and Julian Martinez
Ben Matchers
Lucy Leuppe McKelvy
Sofia Medina
Helen Naha
Rainey Naha
Sylvia Naha
Priscilla Namingha
Priscilla Namingha
Leah Nampeyo
Dextra Nampeyo Quotskuyva
Dextra Nampeyo Quotskuyva
Elizabeth Naranjo
Bernice Swazo Naranjo
Teresita Naranjo
Teresita Naranjo
Teresita Naranjo
Joy Navasie
Bill Nebeker
Cecelia Nelson
Oktollik
Paulita Pacheco
Paulita Pacheco
Jack Riley
Virginia T Romero
Ida Sahme
Jean Sahme Nampeyo
David Salk
Selina Sanchez
Helen Shupla
Stella Shutiva
Mary Small
Ada Suina
Andrea Tafoya
Mark Tahbo
Thelma Talachy
Robert Tenorio
Jennie Thomas
Lavine Torivio
Dorothy Torivio
Faye Tso
Tony Tso
Vallo
Sue Williams
Wayne Wolfe
Lola Yazzie
Sally Yazzie
Iris Youvella Nampeyo
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Beaver Figurine (#83)

Figurative pottery has a long history. Animalitos, or small animals, began to be made in larger numbers in response to the expanding tourist market in the 1930s. Touring cars from Santa Fe would visit the Pueblo unloading ready buyers. Children were often sent to make the sales –both because they were irresistible salespeople and often, as a result of their schooling, as the only English-speaking family member. The small animal souvenirs sold for a dime, quarter or perhaps fifty cents.

As the pottery market began to expand in the 1970s potters like Pula Gutierrez revitalized the making of animals, increasing their size and complexity. The animated quality of Gutierrez’s work has long appealed to buyers, helping to evolve a beloved pottery form.


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