Rosalia Medina Toribio, Zia Pueblo Potter

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Scholars frequently mention Rosalie Medina Toribio in pre-1940 discussions of Zia Pueblo potters, some commenting that she was great-if not the best potter of Zia Pueblo.

Matilda Coxe Stevenson took a photograph of her in 1887. She was also photographed by Edward S. Curtis in 1925 for his publication The North American Indian. Both Curtis and Stevenson commented that she was a great potter.

Descendants of Rosalie Medina Toribio (ca.1858-1950) Dziyunai' and their spouses include several major potters. Rosalie Medina Toribio was the mother-in-law to Isabel Medina Toribio and helped teach her along with Isabel's mother in pottery making.

Reference:  The Pottery of Zia Pueblo by Harlow and Lanmon, 2003.

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