Manuel Tafoya, Santa Clara Pueblo Potter

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Santa Clara Pueblo potter Manuel Tafoya was the second oldest of Sara Fina Tafoya's children, nineteen years Margaret Tafoya's senior.

“The records show that he married in 1910 and again in 1916 after the death of his first wife, but no record of children by these marriages was found, nor does anyone interviewed at Santa Clara remember his wives or any offspring.  Manuel assisted the family with all of their many chores and facets of pottery-making. It is known that he was a good potter on his own, one of his specialties being the creation of unique animal forms with blunt noses which were often attached to bases of candlesticks.” [Blair 1986:59]

Reference: Blair, Mary Ellen, and Laurence Blair. Margaret Tafoya A Tewa Potter’s Heritage and Legacy, 1986

Relative Links: Santa Clara PuebloSara Fina Gutierrez Tafoya, Virginia EbelackerMela YoungbloodToni RollerLuAnn Tafoya