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Early Navajo Pottery

Navajo - Unsigned

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J. B.

Grace Barlow

Bernice Begay

Nathan Begaye

Else Black

Black Woman

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Nancy Chile

Silas & Bertha Claw

Alice Cling

Susie Crank

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Craig White Eagle

Peggy Etsitty (Sam) 

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Louise Goodman

Stella Goodman

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W.H.

Dean Haungooah

 

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Virgie Jo

Dena Johnson

Joann Johnson

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Nancy Leuppe

Little Woman

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Betty Manygoats

Elizabeth Manygoats

Evelyn Manygoats

Kee Manygoats

Rita Manygoats

Samual Manymules

Lucy Leuppe McKelvey

Alvin & Ada Morgan

Elle Morgan

Etta Morgan

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Betty Nez

Wallace Nez Jr.

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Margaret Shirley

Ella Shortman

Bernice T. Spencer

Eva Stash

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J.W.T.

Daisy Tate

Faye Tso

Tall Woman

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Tom Vail

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Craig White Eagle

Irene White

Hilda Whitegoat

Lorraine Williams

Michelle Williams

Rose Williams

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 Navajo / Dine

It is generally believed that the Navajo arrived into the northcentral area of New Mexico, migrating from the region that today is Canada. These Athabaskan speakers possibly arrived as early as A.D. 1300 to 1400. Today, they are the largest tribe within the United States with a population of over 200,000 people. The area that is now the Navajo Reservation is known to the people as "Dinetah". Early Navajo sites can be found throughout the Gobernador and Largo canyons among other San Juan River tributaries.

The surface of traditional Navajo pottery wares were treated with a pine pitch coating that gave the pottery a dark brown to black color. Decoration was very minimal, but most vessels have a applied or pinched fillet around the neck.  Other surface treatments can be made with a tool, fingernail, stone, or corncob. Pottery was traditionaly made for cooking, storage and ceremonial use until commercial wares became readily available. Beginning in the 1940's, with the help of Trading posts and tourism, pottery became a sought after souvenier for the area. By the 1960's, several woman were able to supplement their household income by making pottery on a regular basis.

 

 

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