Santana Tafoya Gutierrez was a sister of Geronimo Tafoya and a sister-in-law of Sarafina Tafoya. She and Sarafina were two fo the first form Santa Clara Pueblo to recognize the arrival of the tourist trade and "folk art" pottery. Margaret Tafoya noted that her pottery was large and thin walled. Santana had a prized puki (the base in which pottery is started) and it was passed to her daughter Nestora Sliva who then gave it to Margaret. Margaret said when Nestora brought it to her she said, "My mother told me whoever making these large pieces, it must go to her, this puki.". Her pottery is easily distinguishable by the shape of her bear paw, which was her "signature".
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