Turtle Box Navajo Pottery by Monte White (#4)

Turtle Box Navajo Pottery by Monte White
Turtle Box Navajo Pottery by Monte White
Turtle Box Navajo Pottery by Monte White

Turtle Box Navajo Pottery by Monte White (#4)

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8" x 4"

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“Turtles have had a major influence in the art and culture of my people,” says Navajo artist Monte (Tee) White. Tee is a self-taught potter who uses the age-old method of creating pottery from "the good earth herself." With his bare hands, Tee does everything from excavating the highly unusual micaceous clay, to shaping, carving, firing, and sealing the finished pot with pinion pitch. “Turtles started out as a negative influence in Navajo traditional tales,” says Tee, “but they realized their indiscretion and turned themselves around. Now they are considered to be medicinal and invaluable to The People. This turtle vessel is not only a study of inspirational stories, it is also representative of Mr. Tee’s skill as an artist.


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The Navajo are relatively recent arrivals to the Southwest. They probably migrated from the north in the 16th Century thereby becoming a part of the Pueblo IV period. The Navajo have made pottery since their arrival; possibly they brought pottery with them during their southern migration. They made a plain and decorated pottery. The plain being considered the older style? More about this legend

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