THE HOMECOMING OF THE PEOPLE’S POTTERY

The Poeh Cultural Center will hold a special museum exhibit to welcome home historic Tewa Pueblo pottery on October 21st, followed by a gathering of Pueblo potters on October 22nd.

The People’s Pottery Exhibit, or IN T’OWA VI SAE’WE in the traditional Tewa Pueblo language, will take place at the Poeh Cultural Center, 15 miles north of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Organized by the Poeh Cultural Center staff and Tewa Pueblo community members, the exhibit will celebrate the homecoming of nine impressive pots from the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian collection in Washington DC. The exhibit forms part of a larger project working to restore Tewa Pueblo cultural history from collections around the country.

Organizers are keen to invite the public along to welcome home the historic pottery, some of which has been gone for over a century.

A free-to-attend public opening reception will start proceedings on Friday, October 21, and the public are invited to RSVP to a Pueblo buffalo dinner from 6-8pm. The night of celebration will include traditional Pueblo dances from the local Tewa Pueblos as well as a limited edition art showcase, created to benefit the exhibition.

The evening dinner will cost $20 per person, and those interested in attending should call 505.455.5041 or email info@poehcenter.org to RSVP.

As part of the exhibit’s launch, Saturday, October 22 will see a gathering of traditional Pueblo potters, with a host of panel and group discussions investigating the state of Pueblo pottery and contemporary issues facing tradition art today. Festivities will take place from 9.30am-4.00pm and while admission is free, donations are welcomed to further help the hard work of the project.

More information about the work of the Poeh Cultural Center and the IN T’OWA VI SAE’WE exhibit, can be found on the website www.poehcenter.org or on Facebook /poehculturalcenter.