He’s made his list, and is checking it twice; this Santa has a long list, too!
A really appealing cross-cultural piece, this special storyteller figure combines traditional pottery-making with a not-at-all conventional subject.
From the white pompom on his hat, to his rounded waistline, white beard, and rosy cheeks, this is a pretty realistic Santa.
Hand-gathered native clays and clay slip make up the figure, with accents of wild-spinach infused black paint.
His expression is benign, so all those children (the names are actually those of the potter’s own family!) must have been good.
Sprawled across the scroll of names on Santa’s lap are some toys, spilling out of the half-open sack.
We see a cute little teddy bear, a baseball, and a realistic, Native baby doll.
The sack is decorated with snowflakes and a snowman; partially tied with a sash.
This is a neatly made Santa Claus, nicely detailed according to our tradition, but formed and decorated entirely according to Pueblo tradition.
An endearing figure that celebrates both cultures, and will happily become part of your holiday tradition, too.