Nacimientos: Nativity Scenes by Southwest Indian Artisans
Guy and Doris Monthan
Northland Press, Flagstaff
Softcover, first edition, 1979, 93 pages, illustrated in color
Condition: text in very good condition, cover has a bend in upper right corner
This book is presented simultaneously in three different languages: English, German and Spanish.
From the Back Cover
NACIMIENTOS is the first comprehensive work on a new phenomenon among America's Southwest Indian artists—the making of Nativity scenes. This universally popular art form first emerged among Indian artists in the late 1950s. Although only two or three artists were engaged in the craft in the early 1960s, the authors discovered that there are now more than three dozen. The book presents more than thirty color reproductions of these charming and unique creations by seventeen artists representing ten pueblos and tribes. Each scene reflects the customs and culture of the artist's own pueblo or tribe. Included are biographies of each artist represented and a list of twenty additional artists. The introduction traces the 2,000-year-old history of the Nativity scene, as well as its recent development among Indian artists.