Origin: Taos Pueblo, Tuah-Tah
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Southwest Indian Taos Pueblo Pottery and Fine Art
When James Stevenson collected pottery for the Smithsonian in 1880, he commented that pottery making was practically extinct. Although there are potters today still making pieces for sale to collectors, there is no general production for pueblo household use.
Taos pottery is made of clay rich in mica, thus requiring no additional tempering agent. The classification of Taos pottery is Taos Micaceous and it dates back to the mid-1500s. Many notable painters have emerged from Taos Pueblo as well.
Taos Pueblo's ancient, multi-storied buildings, fine pottery and jewelry and inter-tribal ceremonies make it a must-see for visitors to New Mexico. The pueblo was named as a World Heritage Site in 1992. The Feast day is September 30th, honoring their patron San Geronimo.
Photo Source: Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Website.
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