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Rose Willams, Dine

Rose Williams is one of the great matriarchs in Dine pottery. Her daughters Alice Cling, Sue Ann Williams, and Susie Williams Crank, and her daughter-in-law, Lorraine Williams, area all potters. Rose was from the Shonto/Cow Springs area of the Navajo Reservation. Rose was an adult when she learned to make potter. She made pottery for over 30 years, teaching the next generations traditional Navajo pottery making. Among those she taught include: them Faye Tso, Silas Claw, Louise Goodman, and Lorena Bartlett. The Navajo Way is one of close-knit extended families sharing common Clan relationships based on matrilineal descent. Some clans have become known for particular skills. The Lók'aa'dine'é Clan (Reed People) in the Shonto/Cow Springs area has long been recognized for its pottery making, and many of the present-day potters or their spouses—Silas Claw, Faye Tso, Rose Williams, and Alice Cling—are members of this clan. Rose was known for her very large vessels.