Maria: The Potter of San Idlefonso (Civilization of the American Indian #27) (Paperback)
Volume 27 in the Civilization of the American Indian Series Mar a: The Potter of San Ildefonso is the story of Mar a Mart nez and her husband, Juli n, who revived the ancient Pueblo craft of pottery-making and stimulated interest in Southwestern Pueblo pottery among both white people and Indians. Mar a Montoya Mart nez, or Marie, as she sometimes signs her pottery, is a woman who has become in her own lifetime a legend. She lives in the pueblo of San Ildefonso, near Santa F , New Mexico, and although her life has been, as closely as she could make it, the normal life of a woman of her culture, her unusual qualities have set her apart and gained her fame throughout the world. Through her mastery of pottery-making, Mar a brought economic gain to her family and her village. However, distressing problems accompanied success and fame. Liquor ultimately wrecked Jul an. There was dissension within the pueblo. And there was the succession of admiring white people who invaded her home and interrupted her work. Not least, in Mar a view, was the departure of her own children from many Pueblo customs. Inextricably woven into the story of Mar a is the story of the pottery of the Southwestern Pueblos, a native craft that has become a national art interest, including the development of the unique black-on-black ware by Juli n, the first of which is reproduced among the illustrations. Margaret Lefranc's many accurate drawings of actual pieces of pottery provide an almost complete documentary history of the craft and show some of the finest examples of Mar a's art. Her skilled pen has also interpreted faithfully the spirit of Mar a, the Pueblo Indians, and the pottery. "Miss Marriott's literary style is superb. She has caught the beautiful, measured pace of Indian talk and, without seeming to make any conscious effort, has written Maria's story with simplicity and understanding as if Marie herself were living her life before you."-Will Davidson in the Chicago Sunday Tribune. ". . . a unique American biography and a unique story of the birth of an art."-Lewis Gannett in the New York Herald Tribune.