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His gift to teachers is his ability to communicate the richness of his culture and his art within the context of contemporary society. His gift is rare and one that is cherished by those he has had the opportunity to teach.
-- Seminar participant, Tucson, Arizona
Milford Nahohai
Zuni author and acclaimed potter, Milford Nahohai enjoys sharing the art and culture of his Pueblo while teaching the traditional and contemporary techniques of Zuni pottery. He works with educators as well as students.

Milford Nahohai was born on the Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico. He earned his B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. After college he returned to Zuni to teach and, later, direct the Zuni Headstart Program for six years. Mr. Nahohai?s artistic abilities and gregarious personality paved the way for a career with the Pueblo of Zuni Arts and Crafts, which is a tribal enterprise that promotes the jewelry, pottery, and painting of Zuni artists. He and his family are responsible for the resurgence of pottery in the Pueblo and have been the recipients of several grants from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Smithsonian Institute.

An accomplished potter, Mr. Nahohai is represented in private galleries and museums throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. He also has an impressive list of teaching engagements, including the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, the Chicago Institute of Art, and the Museum of Indian Art and Culture. In addition, he has co-authored two books, Dialogues with Zuni Potters, and Zuni: A Village of Silversmiths, both available through CRIZMAC's art and cultural resource catalog. Most recently, Milford was the honored recipient of the 2002 Community Spirit Award sponsored by First Peoples Fund.

 
The Art & Culture of the Zuni Pueblo Peoples of the Southwest
Participants learn about the history and culture of the Zuni Pueblo, including its contact with the Spanish and its relations with other Pueblo groups of the Southwest. Mr. Nahohai discusses contemporary Zuni pottery, jewelry, and painting. He demonstrates traditional Zuni pottery making and firing techniques and discusses the tools and materials still used today by the Zuni artists.

This presentation includes both lecture and hands-on participation. If ample time is scheduled, participants are able to experiment with traditional materials and work side-by-side with the presenter.

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