The “Storyteller” is a clay figure that is made by the people of the pueblos to put the tradition of storytelling into an art form. New Mexico’s clay art form was started by Helen Cordero in 1964, and her daughter-in-law, Mary Trujillo has completed her final Storyteller for this ornament design. Mary is considered to be one of the most accomplished potters at Cochiti Pueblo, and this is truly a unique ornament that is certain to become a treasured part of your collection. The new ornament is called the State Gem of New Mexico: Turquoise! The ornament’s shape is patterned after the Naja, which is the pendant at the bottom of the squash blossom necklace. The landscape represents the Turquoise Trail, which is a national scenic byway in New Mexico. The Zia symbol is our state’s official symbol and the ornament’s depiction of the Zia will have a genuine piece of turquoise embedded in the center.
- Storyteller hangs inside oval and 3 feathers dangle from bottom of oval