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Fall 2022

Native American Craft: The Southwest

In our first issue on Native American craft, which we hope will be joined by others in the coming years, we look at the unusually rich and varied craft traditions of some of the Southwest’s Indian tribes. These communities rarely let outsiders see much of their cultural practices, but thanks to the tireless work of a few New Mexico writers and others, who have spent years developing relationships with members of the region’s tribes, we can offer you a glimpse into the work of some remarkable Indigenous artists and artisans.

Keepers of Indigenous Tradition

Unlike most Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, many Native American tribes located in the Southwest have retained their ancestral homelands and their sovereign governance through the ages. This has enabled their traditional ways and art forms to not only survive, but also to continue evolving. To understand how this came to pass, our writers peek into the region’s long and colorful history.

BY ROSEMARY DIAZ and DANIEL GIBSON

Other Topics In This Issue

Food Shift

In an era of chronic drought, could desert crops become the new sustainable dinner?

By CHRISTOPHER D. COOK

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Podcast

Listen to “Food Shift”

Written by CHRISTOPHER D. COOK Narrated by MITCH GREENBERG

Gallery

View “Inside the Hopi Creators’ World”

Photography by KITTY LEAKEN Written by ROSEMARY DIAZ

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