Remarkable Photographs of Pueblo Pottery Making from the Turn of the Century

Pueblo pottery, the traditional pottery made by the American Indian language groups of Hopi, Zuni, Acoma, Tewa, and Laguna (among others) who share a common history of Pueblo life. Though they speak different languages, the ancient tradition of pottery-making is shared between the different groups due to culture and geographical location (New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona).

By the early 1900s, tourism was already creating a market for the pottery of the Southwest and Pueblo pottery became known as some of the most finely crafted in the world.

firing the pottery, 1890

Firing the pottery, 1890. Via/ Library of Congress

circa 1903

Circa 1903. Via/ Library of Congress

circa 1915

Zuni women making pottery under a drying canopy. Photo taken circa 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition. Via/ Library of Congress

Hopi woman making pottery, circa 1900

Hopi woman making pottery, circa 1900. Via/ Library of Congress

applying pigment to the pots, circa 1906

Applying pigment to the pots, circa 1906. Notice the stone which serves as a palette. Via/ Library of Congress

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