Are you ready for some PUEBLO?!

Virginia Lowden of Acoma

Not sure why I waited five weeks to post my photos of Santa Fe Indian Market and then chose to do so while watching the Redskins-Cowboys Monday Night Football. Maybe it has something to do with watching Jacob Ellsbury (Navaho) of the Red Sox blast a home run yesterday.


Jody Naranjo pot with horses

This is not from our trips to Santa Fe in August but relates to my previous post about meeting the Santa Clara potter Jody Naranjo and reaching a handshake deal with her to produce a band or label under the name The Pueblo Girls. This photo is of another Jody Naranjo pot that I saw in a private collection.

2. Virginia Lowden is an Acoma potter who entered our pantheon because my sister Linda found one of her pots at a garage sale in San Carlos, Calif. I met Virginia, told her that tale, then bought one of her owl figurines which may or may not end up as holiday gift for my sis.


Andrea Fisher figure by Virgil Ortiz

Andrea Fisher is a Berkeley art grad who studied sculpture with Peter Voulkos then moved to Santa Fe to open the only pottery-only gallery there. As a tribute the great Cochiti potter and conceptual artist Virgil Ortiz made this effigy or figurine or storyteller of Andrea, in leather — reminds me now tripped out Terry and I were yesterday at Caffe Della Stella in SF noticing what I realized later were people in leather thongs coming home from Folsome Street fair.


Jacob Koopee circa 1996

Derek Fisher, not the Lakers’ guard but the somewhat tall son of Andrea Fisher had just returned to town with a consignment that included this piece created by the recently deceased Hopi potter Jacob Koopee. A private collector snatched it up pronto as I eavesdropped from behind the curtains a la Polonius.

5. Andrea Fisher had a special show featuring three generations of the famous San Ildefonso family of potters including Maria Martinez, Popovi Da and Tony Da. I took special notice of these two works, a plate by Maria and a small red sgraffito (incised) bowl by Tony.

Maria Martinez plate

Tony Da seed jar

6. Terry Allen is from Lubbock and lives in Santa Fe although Terry Davis and I met him in San Francisco a few weeks after our trip south-by-southeast. We got a tour of Jack Lemmon’s Landfall Press in Santa Fe and were shown some of the work that the singer, songwriter and conceptual artist did there. Then coming back from the Deerhoof show at SFMOMA, I noticed this 1993 sculpture by Terry Allen at Yerba Buena Gardens called Shaking Man.

Terry Allen sculpture detail San Francisco

7. and 8. This is more Santa Fe bohemia in general than pueblo, but I met this busking duo, Anna Edge of Western Mass. and now Willamette I think she said, on guitar and vocals, and her pal, Zazie Tobey (Anna-Zazi?) doing bare-foot interpretive dance, who said she is a student at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina (where James Franco went, I just gleaned). I tried to be a schmoozer and line up Anna with Eugene’s troubadour the former Box of Rain resident David Jacobs Strain, by voice mail.

Zazie Tobey

Anna Edge

Anna Edge promised to come to Palo Alto for the International Congress of Buskers of Palo Alto (ICOBOPA) so I better save her email address (“Yo, China Cat Sun Flower check twelve five what is this?”).

9. Seeing Cracker at Santa Fe Plaza was one of the highlights of my trip. I briefly meet-and-greeted with David Lowery after the show, name-checking Enorchestra and Santa Cruz. I wanted to trek to Los Alamos to see Carolyn Wonderland but got voted down.


sky near albuquerque

This is kinda generic, but what a great sky, on way to Albuquerque.

11. My parents Paul and Barbara Weiss and I visited Wheelwright Museum and I snapped this shot of them next to an Allan Houser.edit to add, Oct. 11, 2011: My mom and I took another peek at the Picasso show at De Young in SF on Sunday, but also stopped by to check on the mini’s donated as part of the promised gift of Paul E. and Barbara Weiss Pottery Collection. Here I catch her pondering in front of a Susan Folwell (Santa Clara) and something Hopi, one of the Nampeyo’s (of which there are five in the collection, generations of Nampeyo).



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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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5 Responses to Are you ready for some PUEBLO?!

  1. markweiss86 says:

    I am also going to post a very random screen capture of 2003 Coen Brothers “Intolerable Cruelty” that shows a guy frolicking with some maidens while “Santa Fe” railroad car 1919 backdrop — huh?
    See also my screen capture of fast food restaurant “Cajun Special” pasta plate apropos of Magnolia Sisters, on or around very fittingly for this detail April 1.

  2. markweiss says:

    It’s not Pueblo and arguably is not truly Native but I got a kickapoo out of finding and listening to this video of Redbone “Come and Get Your Love” which was a big hit in my childhood. Now the “hey, hey” part sounds slightly Native.

  3. markweiss says:

    apropos of Santa Fe, SWAII and I think I was once pitching this to Jonathan Batkin, music programming generally if not Tomahawk per se, I am intrigued by Mike Patton’s faux Native themes in this band:

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