Helen Cordero (1915-1994)

The originator of the contemporary "Storyteller" figures was Helen Cordero of Cochiti Pueblo. Helen was a beautiful woman who cherished the role of storytellers in preserving the history of the Pueblo Indians. While her peers among Cochiti women were making traditional gray clay bowls, Helen was sculpting figures of seated storytellers with little children perched on legs, arms, shoulders, and back--all listening to the tales of the grandfather or grandmother.

Many Pueblo potters today produce Storytellers; but none match the quality, feeling, and naturalness of Helen Cordero's; one can almost hear the words coming out of the mouths of her Storytellers as the children hang on and listen attentively.

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