The nature of Pueblo creativity is where explicitness, or verbal teaching, is not as important as being aware, watching, feeling, capability and doing. The words of a Pueblo woman who talked about pottery making are important here, “First of all, I would feed cornmeal of all colors to the butterflies, because they know how to make themselves beautiful.” Butterflies naturally breathe the po-wa-ha and know, without intense contemplation, how to be beautiful. They create beauty not because it is the most easy but the most essential thing to do.
Pueblo people find meaning in relationships between themselves and others. Giving and receiving smiles and kind words are the way to be in the world. Awareness of others is very important. Community members acknowledge each other with hugs, smiles and stories, before any studio activity begins. Each person becomes a part of the whole interacting group, before individual work on any project begins. Stories and assurances with humor and sincerity are exchanged throughout the class.
Reciprocal love and caring are important as part of an old Tewa Pueblo song tells:
Here you have come
We lay our lives out
So that we my be loved…
For that we ask.