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Storyteller Bear (His first)

ca. 1989 Louis Naranjo Born: Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico 1932 Died: Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico 1997 fired clay, slip and beeweed 8 1/4 x 9 5/8 x 10 in. (21.0 x 24.4 x 25.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1997.124.165 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 26B


Luce Center Label

Louis Naranjo created traditional Cochiti images, such as dancers, hunters, and animals. His Storyteller sculptures show figures surrounded by children, their eyes closed and their mouths open as if they are singing traditional songs. He created his signature Storyteller Bears based on observations while hunting. These are also shown with many cubs as if they, too, are telling a story or singing a song. (Chuck and Jan Rosenak, Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia, 1990)

Keywords

Animal - bear

decorative arts - ceramic

folk art

clay

About Louis Naranjo

Born: Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico 1932 Died: Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico 1997

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