Your Guide to Southwestern Native American Pottery
Promoting Potters: Past, Present, & Future
OHKAY OWINGEH VIRTUAL MUSEUM
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MEET THE POTTERS:
(previously known as San Juan Pueblo)
Village of the Strong People
Governor Earl Salazar estimates that as many as a third of the residents of Ohkay Owingeh are potters, jewelers, weavers, or painters. Governor Salazar remembers as a child, his mother (a potter) and other members of the community at the Oke Oweenge Crafts Cooperative. Today, most tribal members now sell there works independently. The potters most predominate from of pottery is made with their traditional red clay. Some of the artists are teaching traditional arts and crafts to the children in the schools, ensuring Ohkay Owingeh art lives on through future generations.
The first capital of New Mexico was actually established by the Spanish and was within the boundaries of today's Ohkay Owingeh Reservation. The capital, established in 1598, was at Yunque Yunque. This capitol was then later moved in 1692 to Santa Fe. In 1680, an Ohkay Owingeh medicine man named Popay led the Pueblo Revolt. Proud of their history, he Ohkay Owingeh are planning a heritage center that will honor Popay, the first capitol, and the culture and arts of the Pueblo.
In September of 2005, the Tribal Council adopted a resolution to reinstate their ancestral name of "Ohkay Owingeh" to change from its former name of San Juan Pueblo. Two months later, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, supported the name change.
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