Archuleta, Mary Ester – Red Canteen with Bear Paws (1970’s)
Mary Ester Archuleta is the second youngest daughter of Margaret Tafoya. She has never prolific and most her pottery was made in the 1970’s and 1980’s. This canteen is a striking piece and fully polished a deep red. There are bear paws on both sides. The entire piece is fully polished. The bear paws represent a story of how the Pueblo people were led to water during a drought by a bear. This particular style of canteen is one which is very reminiscent of the work of her mother, Margaret Tafoya. The stopper is hand carved and there are leather straps. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Mary E. Archuleta”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.