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Barbara is a great granddaughter of Maria Martinez, and the granddaughter of noted potters Santana & Adam. Barbara learned to make pottery from Maria and Santana and created her own distinctive style in the 1970's. The use of spiders dominates much of her work and the spiders are all seen as symbols of good luck. Her pottery is signed on the bottom, "Than Moo Whe" which is her name in Tewa. Barbara has won numerous awards for her pottery at Santa Fe Indian Market, the Heard Indian Market and other events. Her work can be found in museums nationwide and she is also featured in various books, including "The Legacy of Maria Poveka Martinez".