Storyteller #1

  • Louis Naranjo, Storyteller #1, November 14, 1987, fired clay, slip and beeweed, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1997.124.166

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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)

Title
Storyteller #1
Artist
Date
November 14, 1987
On View
Dimensions
9 3/8 x 11 1/8 x 8 1/4 in. (23.8 x 28.3 x 21.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
fired clay, slip and beeweed
Classifications
Keywords
  • Recreation – leisure – storytelling
  • Fantasy – winged being
  • Figure group
  • Performing arts – music – voice
Object Number
1997.124.166
Palette
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Linked Open Data URI

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