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Storyteller Pottery

Storyteller Pottery

For many years, storyteller pottery or storyteller dolls been a part of the Pueblo pottery tradition. The storyteller doll is a clay figure made by the Pueblo people of New Mexico. It is a figure of a storyteller, which is usually a man or a woman with his or her mouth open, surrounded by figures of children or other images that represent listening to a story being told. In 400 AD, these figurines, usually in human female figures, were an integral part of the Anasazi culture. These storyteller pottery disappeared 1500 and 1875, when the first missionaries, who were considered scholars, denounced the making of figurative clay pieces. Storyteller pottery flourished following these years, and became very popular at the Cochiti Pueblo just south of Santa Fe. The storyteller pottery could be seen in forms of animals, birds, caricatures of outsiders, and more recently, in the images of mothers and grandfathers telling stories or singing to children. The first contemporary storyteller pottery doll was created by Helen Cordero of the Cochiti Pueblo back in 1964. She designed and hand built the piece in honor of her grandfather, Santiago Quintana, who was a storyteller. The Native American storyteller is an individual that shares stories of Native American heritage through tales passed down from ancestors. The rich cultural and religious heritage of the generations that preceded our society helps to develop an understanding of how the past has influenced the present. It also reinforces the importance of understanding one's own family history. Storyteller pottery dolls are hand coiled and shaped with natural clays that are gathered from the earth. These figurines or pottery pieces are then fired and intricately hand painted. Today's most sought after storyteller pottery dolls or pieces have been created by such Jemez artists as Edwina Tosa Tortalita, Felicia Fragua, Juanita Fragua, Gabriel Gonzales, Mary Toya, Maxine Toya, Virginia Lucero, and Alvin Yepa.

Native Americans have been handcrafting jewelry since they first drew inspiration from their natural surroundings and transformed shell and stone into wearable jewelry. Some of the oldest discovered pieces date from over 10,000 years ago. The skilled artisans at Alltribes continue the age-old tradition and create captivating works of art that will surpass your expectations!

Alltribes is one of the rare workshops that you can actually come in and visit, and see Native Americans creating extraordinary pieces of jewelry. We are conveniently located near Scottsdale, Mesa and Phoenix, AZ in the historic town of Gilbert. Alltribes Native American Art and Jewelry blends ancient history, natural beauty, and unparalleled expertise flawlessly.

Our Jewelry

The design and quality of our Silver and Turquoise jewelry are unmatched and stand far above the rest. Turquoise conveys a special meaning as it has for centuries and in populations across the globe. Turquoise signifies healing, spirit and good fortune. The masterful techniques, our artisans incorporate this semi-precious stone into beautiful and intricate designs, draws customers from around the world.

You can own a piece of Native American artistry without spending a fortune. Alltribes provides deep discounts because we don't purchase our jewelry elsewhere. Our in-house artists and silversmiths create custom pieces without the extra expenses of middlemen, shipping and tariffs.

Our Local History

Gilbert, AZ provides the ideal location for crafting our Native American jewelry. The Navajo and Hopi Indian tribes have inhabited nearby lands for many thousands of years. Their eternal respect for natural beauty and their innate talent shines through in every handcrafted piece of jewelry.

Our dazzling, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise comes from a nearby mine in Globe, AZ. This unique and exceedingly rare turquoise is renowned for its hardness, durability, and gorgeous color. Our artisans preserve the natural beauty of this precious stone, so you can admire its elegance for years to come. A hand buffed polish protects the stones and heightens its natural beauty.

Our Tradition

In addition to Native American jewelry, Alltribes upholds the ancient traditions of Native Americans by offering more than remarkable jewelry. You can also own Hopi Kachina dolls, pueblo pottery, hand-dyed leather belts, dreamcatchers, tomahawks and other Southwestern and Native American artifacts, to beautify your home and your life. It is our pleasure, to help spread knowledge about the Native American culture to the general public.

As part of our continuing effort to inform and inspire, we offer a vast array of in-depth knowledge for those who want to learn more about Native Americans and the Southwest. Our online knowledge center is free for all and includes some of the most interesting and complete information available online.

Alltribes has been serving our valued customers for over 50 years, so you can rest assured that when you have a question or concern, we'll be right here, ready to help. When you purchase something online today, you never know if the company will still be there, next week or next month.

Alltribes' reputation and longstanding experience ensure you get more than just jewelry – you get a wealth of seasoned knowledge and exceptional service…..that you can count on! We consider our customers to be part of our extended family and we're proud to say that our family now spans continents. We'd love to have you join us!

In addition to our local Native American products, we offer distinguished wares, sourced from Native American tribes across the U.S. Navajo, Hopi, Zuni and other Native American artists provide one-of-a-kind items that we proudly offer to you, at direct to you prices!

Alltribes is much more than just a manufacturer, store and knowledge center. We keep a jewelry workshop on site. If you want a custom design, our silversmiths will work with you to turn your dream into reality. Have an idea for something new? Talk with our artisans and discuss how to bring it to fruition. And should your beloved jewelry ever need to be repaired, we help with that, too.

Whether you're a Native American enthusiast, a collector, a designer or simply someone who loves beauty, Alltribes showcases a diverse collection of superior artifacts, sure to satisfy even the most selective customer.