Meet the 2020 Luce Indigenous Fellows
Clarence Cruz (Khaayay) [Ohkay Owingeh – Tewa], Traditional Potter/Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico will begin to document past and present potters of Tewa and Ohkay Owingeh heritage. He plans to write a book that celebrates Pueblo potters, their families, ancestors and the histories of knowledge and culture that Pueblo potters have invented, perpetuated and passed down for generations. When completed, this will be the first compilation of Pueblo potters written by a Pueblo person. Clarence hopes the book will help people appreciate the contributions of Pueblo potters and serve as source material for writing on Tewa Art and Culture.
What does being selected as a Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellow mean to you?
“I am humbled by it all, it is truly going to be an amazing journey. It gives me an opportunity to give back to my Pueblo, Ohkay Owingeh of past and present potters, as well as those interested in the art of traditional pottery.”