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The Artisans of Mata Ortiz: A Complex Origin Story

Archaeologist, Fabiola E. Silva, gives a talk about the artisan community of Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico. The town, composed of over 500 artists, is well-known for its fine art ceramics. This unique pottery movement, which focused on the use of prehistoric Casas Grandes style symbols and elements, emerged in the 1970's led by Juan Quezada and his patron Spencer MacCalum. Silva will also discuss the role of multiple community members and the role looting and the creation of ceramic fakes has played in the development of this modern pottery movement.

The lecture is sponsored by the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, 4301 Transmountain Road. MAP

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