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Maricopa Pottery

The Maricopa Pottery and Maricopa Tribal people are best known for their red clay pottery work. Various jars and bowls were created for essential needs, made of natural materials. The clay was collected at various locations throughout the area. Natural dyes were used to depict geometrical designs. The Maricopa people were small bands living along the lower Gila and Colorado rivers. Each of these bands migrated eastward at different times. The Xalychidom (Maricopa of Lehi), left around 1825-1830. The last of these bands is said to have left the Colorado River in the late 1830's. Eventually these bands came together and became collectively known as the Maricopa. As they migrated eastward, they came upon the Pima tribe and established a relationship. Both tribes provided protection against the Yuman and Apache tribes. Some of the Maricopa (mostly Xalychidom Piipaash) began migrating to the area now known as Lehi on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, because water from the Gila River was becoming scarce. When the Salt River Indian Community was established in 1879, the reservation included both tribes within these boundaries.  

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Naranjo, Kevin – Bowl with Bear and Eagle Designs

Kevin Naranjo creates beautifully incised pottery with realistic scenes.  This miniature jar is amazingly intricate with designs. The rim has cloud pattern and below that is an eagle feather design.  There is a central medallion with a realistic bear. Around the side of the bowl as it is turned there is an eagle, bear paw tracks and at the very bottom an avanyu (water serpent).  To accentuate his designs Kevin creates sienna areas in contrast to the black. This highlights the rim, bear paw tracks and eagle.  The bowl itself is very highly polished which gives added dimension to the designs.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 425.00
Redbird, Ida – Bowl with Cloud and Rain Designs

Ida Redbird is one of the best known of the potters involve din the revival of Maricopa pottery from 1937-40. She was featured in Arizona Highways in 1948. Her pottery is made using an paddle-and-anvil technique and they are twice fired. The black designs are derived from a mixture of mesquite sap and cactus spines.  This bowl is a round shape with a polished exterior and matte interior.  The design is a cloud and rain pattern which encircles the rim of the piece.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed, “Ida Redbird” on the bottom.

$ 375.00
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