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AAUW Women in New Mexico Exhibit 1976

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The exhibit catalog has been digitized and is available in UNM's Digital Repository


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Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Celebrates Strong Native Women 2018

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center dedicated each day in March 2018 to strong Native women!  Click the links below to view their individual posts.

Verna Teller-Williamson, Isleta Pueblo, first female Pueblo Governor

Lucy M. Lewis, Acoma Pueblo, one of the most famous Pueblo potters of the 20th century

Maria Martinez, San Ildefonso Pueblo, one of the most influential Native Americans of the 20th century

Esther Martinez, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, linguist and storyteller dedicated to preserving the Tewa language

Obituary of Esther Martinez from the Washington Post

Pablita Velarde, Santa Clara Pueblo, world-renowned artist; her biography is also part of the AAUW's 1976 Women in New Mexico Exhibit

Helen Hardin, Santa Clara Pueblo, award-winning artist and daughter of Pablita Velarde

Helen Bird, Santo Domingo Pueblo, gifted potter; Day 8 and Day 21

Stella Teller, Isleta Pueblo, creator of innovative colorful pottery works and designer of the IPCC's logo

Helen Cordero, Cochiti Pueblo, creator of the first Storyteller figure

Kathleen Wall, Jemez Pueblo, respected installation artist and potter

Patricia Michaels, Taos Pueblo, fashion designer and 2011 Project Runway first runner-up

Amy G. Cisneros, Isleta Pueblo, IPCC Collections Specialist (BFA from UNM)

Deb Haaland, Laguna Pueblo, candidate for U.S. Congress

Monique Fragua, Jemez Pueblo, IPCC Vice President of Operations

Marla Allison, Laguna Pueblo, award-winning painter

Nampey of Hano, Hopi, renowned potter

Dawn Weston, Hopi, Navajo, Choctaw, IPCC/IPMI accounting team

Michelle Ondelacy, Zuni Pueblo, IPCC/IPMI accounting team

Channing Concho (Channy Bee), Hopi, Acoma and Laguna, supervisor at Pueblo Harvest Café

Doña Luz Jiménez, Nahua, artist model for many famous Mexican muralists

LaDonna Harris, politician and national leader

Leslie Marmon Silko, Laguna Pueblo, acclaimed novelist, poet, and essayist

Lozen, Chiricahua Apache, warrior, military strategist, midwife and medicine woman.

Stephanie Oyenque, Acoma Pueblo, Cultural Education Specialist at IPCC

"Mama T" Laticia Chavez, San Felipe Pueblo, traditional baker for Pueblo Harvest Café

Katherine Augustine, Laguna Pueblo, nurse and health educator

St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Mohawk and Algonquin, the first North American Indian canonized as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church

Felice Lucero, San Felipe Pueblo, BFA UNM 1979, celebrated artist and educator

Thank you to Vina Begay, Archivist and Librarian, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, for letting us know about these materials.

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