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A River Apart: The Pottery of Cochiti & Santa Domingo Pueblos

Edited by Valerie K. Verzuh

Separated by a river, Cochiti and Santo Domingo Pueblos shared a ceramic tradition for centuries until increasing contact with outsiders brought great change and divergent paths. Cochiti modified its traditional forms of pottery for new markets, while Santo Domingo shunned the tourist trade and art market, continuing an artistic trajectory that was conservative and insular. A River Apart brings together a distinguished a team of anthropologists, artists, and art historians from Native and non-Native perspectives to examine the pottery traditions of the two Pueblos and decipher what discoveries can be made and identities established through these representations of material culture.


Valerie K. Verzuh is the curator of the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


"A River Apart brings together anthropologists, artists, and art historians to examine the pottery tradition of the two Pueblos. The book would be a good addition to the libraries of those interested in Pueblo Indian pottery, Native American arts and culture, and southwestern history and anthropology."



"This handsome, large format volume . . . is lavishly illustrated in color and historic black-and-white photographs. Seven essays comprise the text [and] are well written and of interest to both scholars and the general public."


New Mexico Historical Review

Published By Museum of New Mexico Press

9 x 11 in. 192 pages 130 color plates, 40 documentary photographs, illustrated appendix of 325 pots