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Spotlight: Shawn Tafoya

I found the paintings in the SAR collection a valuable source for textile patterns, because early Pueblo painters showed...the dances in wonderful detail.
— Shawn Tafoya, embroiderer, Santa Clara Pueblo

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“ I’m half from Pojaque, and half from Santa Clara. I was raised here, raised in Santa Fe in 1968. I guess I grew up in a fairly traditional family. We did all the traditional things, going to pick plants, and make pottery.    

“For my embroidery, when I started there was really no one else in the family who did embroidery. We had a large collection [of dance outfits], not personally, but my grandfather and other uncles had a large collection. So when I saw Dad’s I was always really excited to see them come out, even though they smelled like mothballs, because they kept them in mothballs, all their Indian clothes. And I was excited when I saw them come out and to be worn and danced in.
     “And I always wondered how did they do that or who makes those. There were just a few people, but being small I didn’t know who in the pueblo makes those, but I really didn’t ask or anything. I was always excited about those kinds of textiles.”

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