A Community Craft

Pueblo life is centered around community activities. Farming, harvesting, hunting, dancing, and pottery making are just a few of the many community activities that keep the pueblo together. It has always been this way.

Maria took her place in the community of San Ildefonso with many others in the production of pottery. Maria's genius was in her graceful forms, while others specialized in finishing, painting, or firing. When Maria was young, her elder sisters and aunts collaborated, and when she married and had children, her husband, sons, and daughters-in-law all helped.

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