Estelle Rebec: Volunteer at the School for Advanced Research

Estelle Rebec was a volunteer docent at the IARC and donated her collection of over 500 turtles to the IARC in 2007. She collected turtles in all shapes, sizes, and forms—fetishes, necklaces, pottery, sculpture, paintings, and drawings. She felt a personal affinity to the turtle, perhaps for its connection to the earth and as a provider of life. She collected many of her pieces while she was working at the Keishi gallery in Santa Fe, which sells art made predominantly by Zuni artists. She also received many pieces from her friends. The IARC and many other collections are reflective of the personal desires and tastes of individual collectors; Rebec’s personal wishes and affinity for the turtle are one example.

Estelle Rebec, 1994Estelle Rebec, 1994Photograph by Katrina Lasko
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Turtle CarvingTurtle CarvingZuni, b. 2007
Turquoise and variegated stone
SAR.2007-1-249
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TurtleTurtleMona Teller (Tiwa Pueblo), b.2006
clay and paint
SAR.2007-1-412
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TurtleTurtleFrank Poolheco (Hopi-Tewa), b. 2006
clay and paint
SAR.2007-1-331
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Estelle Rebec, 1994Turtle CarvingTurtleTurtle
Turtle NecklaceTurtle NecklaceGeorgianna Quandelacy (Zuni Pueblo), b. 2006
turquoise, coral, heishi, silver
SAR.2007-1-3
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Turtle Necklace   
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