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Urban Spirit Gallery
(Formerly Indians on Columbus)
The Finest Collection of Native American Art and Jewelry in NYC

Kachina by Pernell Laate
Bracelet by Ophelia Garcia
Bowl by Bob Lansing
An American Dollmaker by Lisa Fifield
Vases by Josh Simpson
Pipe by Robert Rosebear
Artist Rafael Aguilera Hernandez
A Storyteller. Click for full image Long before we had books, we had stories. Tales of how we came here, who came before us, our grandparents and our ancestors, have always been passed on. Woven in those tales were all the lessons and warnings we needed to survive. In the legends of the Native Americans animals were often messengers from Great Spirit and the bearer of many painful and amusing life lessons. The elder grandmothers and grandfathers would gather the village children while their parents hunted and farmed. They were the schoolteachers of their day, and they taught through stories. Today the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico express this tradition through a resurgence of pottery art. The artist will gather the clay from sacred mountain-sites, harvest local herbs and vegetables to create authentic colors, and, keeping the ancient ways, fire the clay on an open pit. The storyteller is depicted in native dress, often with the head tilted back, the eyes closed, and the mouth open in song. The babies cry or laugh, play or appear distracted, but as the truth unfolds through mythical tales, all are touched by the rhythm of the storyteller.

Many Storytellers Bear Storyteller
Owl Storyteller
Corn Maiden Storyteller by Cindy Fragus

Corn Maiden Storyteller by Cindy Fragus
Mudhead Storytellers

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