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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
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Maker(s):Vigil, Lonnie
Culture:Nambé Pueblo; American (1949- )
Title:Jar (olla)
Date Made:ca. 2002
Type:Container
Materials:Micaceous earthenware
Place Made:North America; United States; New Mexico
Measurements:Overall: 11 5/8 in x 13 in; 29.5 cm x 33 cm
Accession Number:  MH 2016.12.3
Credit Line:Gift of Juli Shea Towell (Class of 1955) and Gil Towell
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Description:
Smooth round vase with a grey pearly luster.

Label Text:
Lonnie Vigil is from Nambé Pueblo, about 15 miles north of Santa Fe. In 2011, Vigil said of his artistic process: “It’s a collaboration between myself and the clay. It’s not as if I start out with an intent to create a particular shape, form, or piece…[and] the clay also brings out her own desires and wishes and the two of us together make whatever the shape turns out to be. We refer to the clay [as] “mother” which is the spirit of the clay because all things are living, including the clay...I feel I was chosen by her through the spirit of my great-grandmother to do this work.”

-Aaron Miller, Associate Curator of Visual and Material Culture, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (Sept. 2016)

Keywords/Tags:
American Indian; communication; ancestor; family; Indigenous American; indigenous peoples; mother; Native American

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