Pueblo Storyteller Dolls

The fifth graders at Travilah created storyteller dolls fashioned after the traditional clay figurines made by the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico. These figures represent the honored tradition of story telling among Native Americans. The first contemporary storyteller doll (1964) was made by Helen Cordero of the Cochiti Pueblo in honor of her grandfather Santiago Quintana, a storyteller. The clay figurine showed a man with five children on his lap and shoulders. This doll was patterned after an existing "singing mother" figurine.

For further information, read Pueblo Stories and Storytellers by Mark Bahti with photography by David Burckhalter (ISBN 0-918080-16-9).

 


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