Native NACIMIENTO sets or Nativity Scenes

November 11, 2016 until January 07, 2017

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Since the 1970s, nativity sets have been popular with collectors as highlights of their Christmas decorating theme. These popular folk art pottery sets feature the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus with a decidedly Native American twist. Adobe Gallery continues its holiday tradition begun in 1979 of exhibiting pueblo pottery "Nacimientos" or nativity sets made by New Mexico pueblo potters.

In their own tradition, the Indian artisans have made the figurines in the likeness of Indians. The Blessed Mother may wear her hair up in a "chonga", be wrapped in an Indian blanket, and be wearing moccasins. Joseph may have long, wrapped braids, moccasins and an Indian sash. The Three Wise Men may bring gifts of Indian bread, green chilies, a rabbit, or maybe a bowl of stew or several ears of corn. Baby Jesus may be dressed in beaded buckskin or wrapped in an Indian blanket. The animals around the manger may be black bears, deer, antelope or rabbits.  

The artists represented here are:

Southwest Indian Pottery | Figurines | Nativity | Nacimiento

Helen Cordero - Cochiti Pueblo

Ada Suina - Cochiti Pueblo

Seferina Ortiz - Cochiti Pueblo

Manuel Vigil - Tesuque Pueblo

Stella Teller - Isleta Pueblo

Alma Concha - Taos Pueblo

Felicita Eustace - Cochiti Pueblo

Snowflake Flower - Cochiti Pueblo

Marie Herrera - Nambe Pueblo

Reference Book: Nacimientos - Nativity Scenes by Southwest Indian Artisans (click here for details).  Copies of this book may be available.  If interested, let me know.

Please visit often as we will be adding new Nacimientos periodically.

This is a growing SHOW!

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