With over 1,450 objects, the Southwestern collection is made up of archaeological pot sherds and ceramic vessels from the Anasazi, Mimbres, Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, and Four Corners pre-Puebloan cultures, as well as historic ceramic wares from almost every potting community in the region. The collection includes works by well-known potters such as Nampeyo of Hano and her family, Maria and Julian Martinez and the extended Martinez family, Severa Tafoya, and Margaret Tafoya and her family. The collection also includes about 150 baskets from throughout the Southwest region, over forty Navajo rugs ranging in date from 1875 to 1975, kachina figures, and a variety of tools and implements by Edmund Nequatewa. As with other areas of the Native North American collection, most works from the Southwest region were acquired through gifts, such as from Barbara Wellington Wells, Glover Street Hastings III, Frank C. and Clara G. Churchill, and Guido R. Rahr Sr.
Last Updated: 11/30/07