Friday, March 30, 2012

In Search of Pueblo Rain Gods - Past and Present

As I alluded in earlier blogs, Tesuque rain gods are no longer plentiful nor cheap.   To date, I have been unable to find anyone still crafting rain gods in Tesuque; however, I did learn that one Cochiti Pueblo lady still makes them so I placed an order through an intermediary.

The image below is of the 5 and 3/4 inch high vintage piece I recently acquired at auction. Like most old rain gods, it is not signed or dated, but it was likely created in the era beyond 1920 when poster paints replaced inks for creating marking.

Vintage Tesuque Rain God