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On view November 16, 2001
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The tradition of pottery making by Native Americans in the Southwest traces its origins back many centuries. Early generations of Pueblos, Hopis, and other Native peoples dug the fine clay of their villages, sifted and washed it carefully, then formed and fired pots that were used for ceremonial purposes, to carry water, store household goods, and cook food.
Contemporary Native American artists simoultaneously look back to ancient traditions, while vigorously pursuing new forms and expressions.