GIFTS OF MOTHER EARTH: Ceramics in the Zuni Tradition
by Margaret Ann Hardin, Ph.D.
Published by The Heard Museum
First Edition, softcover, 1983, 51 pages
This book was a study by Margaret Ann Hardin of Zuni ceramic traditions in preparation for a traveling exhibit at The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona; The Pueblo of Zuni in New Mexico; The Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, New Mexico; New Mexico State University Museum in Las Cruces, New Mexico; and the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D. C. in the years 1983-1985
This exhibit catalog was issued only in softcover. This one has been privately bound in hardcover. In addition to being a first edition and bound, it is autographed by the author.
Pottery in Zuni Life
Zuni Pottery: Collections and Studies
The Zuni Potter’s Art
Zuni Pottery a Century Ago: Shapes, Sizes and Use
Twentieth-Century Zuni Pottery:
Continuities and Changes
FROM THE FOREWORD:
The Zuni people have a rich ceramic tradition that is many centuries old. This catalog, written by Margaret Ann Hardin to accompany the exhibit Gifts of Mother Earth: Ceramics in the Zuni Tradition focuses on approximately the last one hundred years of that tradition.
Drawing largely upon the great historic collections acquired in the 1880s for the Smithsonian Institution by Frank Hamilton Cushing, James Stevenson and Matilda Coxe Stevenson, the archival resources of the Smithsonian, and upon the knowledge of the Zuni people themselves, Dr. Hardin describes the function and meaning of ceramics in Zuni life a century ago and today. In these chapters she outlines how Zuni ceramics are made, their various functions in Zuni life, their symbolism and cultural significance to the Zuni people.
Dr. Hardin's studies of Zuni ceramics have been ongoing since 1975. Throughout her work she has sought the advice of and has, in turn, received support from the Zuni people. As a result of her work, and the interest of the Zuni people, the exhibition Gifts of Mother Earth: Ceramics in the Zuni Tradition was organized.