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Simon Ortiz's Men on the Moon (Campbell & Rodarte)

Four Matriarchs

In Acoma pottery, who are the Four Matriarchs? What role did each artist play in the practice and continuation of this ancient artform? How did each of these four women rise to such prominence as ceramicists? For what techniques or practices was each woman known? How did such practices manifest themselves in each woman’s work? Finally, how did these women help to advance their art and culture in the generations that followed them?