The Artistry of Acoma Pueblo

Field Trip

Saturday, March 23, 2013, 8:00 am–5:00 pm

Franklin Peters in the StudioFranklin Peters in the StudioFranklin Peters sculpting a shi punah (water canteen) with traditional Acoma clay in the Dubin Studio at SAR.Franklin Peters in the StudioFranklin Peters sculpting a shi punah (water canteen) with traditional Acoma clay in the Dubin Studio at SAR.

SAR has received a special invitation to visit Acoma Pueblo and learn about its artistic history through the eyes of Acoma potter Franklin Peters and Haak’u Museum curator Melvin Sarracino. Peters was the Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist at SAR in 2011. He received his pottery training from Phyllis Juanico, Florence Aragon, and his mother, Ella Peters. His attention to detail and superb technical ability are evident in each of his beautifully designed and created pots. Peters’s family has a house in the mesa-top village of Sky City. They have offered to open their home and prepare a traditional Pueblo meal for our group.

After lunch, we will tour the village built atop a sheer-walled, 367-foot, sandstone bluff in a valley studded with sacred, towering monoliths. Established in AD 1150, Acoma Pueblo is said to be the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America and is known worldwide for its unique art and rich cultural traditions. In 2007, it was named a National Trust for Historic Preservation site, the only Native American community in the nation to receive this recognition.

After our village tour, we will join curator Melvin Sarracino for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Haak’u Museum. Sarracino, a member of Laguna Pueblo, is the 2012–2013 Anne Ray Native Intern at SAR’s Indian Arts Research Center.

Activity Level: Easy, limited walking (1/2 mile) around the village of Acoma Pueblo.

Cost (per person): $135, includes roundtrip transportation from SAR, lunch, artist honorarium, and tour fees.

Trip Registration: To ensure that field trip registration is equitable, SAR will be using a lottery system. Please send your field trip requests (PDF, 897 KB) by mail—postmarked no later than November 21, 2012. Do not send any trip payment with your lottery registration. A drawing will then be held for each trip, and members will be notified of the results by December 3, 2012. Please note that memberships at or above the Galisteo level receive advance registration.

For more information, visit the Field Trips section.

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