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1 fig. 3: Acoma women gathering at a sacred cistern, c.1910, on the Sky City mesa in southwestern New Mexico. The beautifully painted water vessels, made for carrying on the head, are typical of those made over the past two hundred years. Photograph by Edward S. Curtis.
2 fig. 4: A jar from a prehistoric pueblo. Corrugated brownware; 61/4 x 5 in. dia. Courtesy the School of American Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico. IAF.1930.
3 fig. 5: Mimbres burial bowl, c. A.D. 1000-1150; the center of this black and white bowl is broken to allow the deceasedís spirit to escape. With its fine line design, this bowl is representative of the ancient Mimbres shards that inspired Lucy Martin Lewis and other modern potters. School of American Research Collections in the Museum of New Mexico. Photograph by Arthur Taylor.
4 fig. 6: Maria Martinez prepares for firing, c. 1920-25. She stacks polished and decorated red clay pots upside-down on a grate, under which juniper kindling will burn. Then she will cover the pots with cow chips and old license plates. It appears that Maria intends these pots to fire red; if she intended them to be blackware, she would use wood ash from the nearby piles and dried horse manure to smother the fire. © U.S. Department of Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board.
5 fig. 7: These three pots are part of a series made by Maria and Julian Martinez around 1924. They were acquired by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., while on a 1926 trip to the Southwest with his son, David Rockefeller (who has kindly lent them to The Legacy of Generations). Kenneth Chapman, a scholar of American Indian art, accompanied the Rockefellers on their trip as a mentor and guide. He suggested to Maria that she sell these pots to Mr. Rockefeller, who already had an abiding interest in American Indian art. These pots are among the first black-on-black wares that Maria and Julian ever made.