The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949 Page: 251
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particularly eventful by our standards. She had a more or less
typical Pueblo childhood, except that she was able to attend St.
Catherine's Indian School in Santa Fe. As a young woman she
experienced the general hardships of life in San Ildefonso, which
was undergoing an economic decline. Floods, partially caused by
the white man's deforestation of the mountains, destroyed much
valley farm land. Population declined, and it looked as though
San Ildefonso might become just another archaeological ruin. At
that time Hewett, an archaeologist who was excavating near San
Ildefonso, got Maria interested in making quality pottery for the
market. The ceramic innovations of Maria and Julian eventually
led to the economic regeneration of San Ildefonso. Their skill as
potters also led to invitations to appear at the great fairs in San
Diego, San Francisco, and Chicago. They became famous and
their jointly signed pottery vessels are now collectors' items. Maria
has had her sorrows-Julian's drinking, deaths in the family, and
especially the recent changes in the old Pueblo ways; but she
has gone through it all with true Pueblo serenity, hardly con-
scious of the great part she has played in reviving an almost lost
art and in putting her own village back on its feet economically.
In this biography Miss Marriott, who is an ethnologist, em-
ploys some of the techniques of the novelist. She uses dialogue
extensively, with the result that Maria, Julian, and many other
San Ildefonsans stand out as real personalities. The simplicity of
Miss Marriott's style of writing is well suited to her Pueblo Indian
subjects, who are noted for their restraint and moderation. One
closes the book with the feeling that he has been living in a
Pueblo community and has at last begun to understand the
Pueblo people and their way of life. Miss Marriott has imagina-
tive insight, and she is also a skilled literary craftsman.
The University of Oklahoma Press is to be congratulated on
producing still another beautiful book. The typography is espe-
cially attractive, and the illustrations by Margaret Lefranc are
in perfect harmony with the text. In addition to sketches of
pottery from the successive periods of Maria's career, there are
also some superb line drawings which have caught the spirit of
the Pueblo country. This book truly delights the eye.
T. N. CAMPBELL
The University of Texas
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