The Zuni Community Project
Grandmother and child. A Zuni womans' traditional clothes are a colorful
dress hemmed below the knee, with long sleeves and lacy decorations around
the bottom. On top of this is a Manta. This is a black woven material
designed to go over one shoulder. Large turquoise pins are worn on the
right shoulder and side of the skirt of the manta. Around the waist is a
colorful woven sash belt. White moccasins are worn with white leather leg
wraps. Ear rings, a fine squash blossom necklace, bracelets and rings are
also worn. Her long hair is tied in an elongated knot at the back of the
neck wrapped in fabric.
Holly working on the Olla Maiden at the beginning of the project
The young boy from the rear showing his lunch pail backpack and bicycle
wheel shirt back.
Olla Maiden showing her woven manta and fancy scarf. The manta is woven
with metal strap and inner tubes. Her hair bun was two old frying pans
held together with colorful wire.
White moccasins are worn with white leather leg wraps. Ours were made from
the inside of soda cans bent together and covered with window screen.
The frame of the fancy scarf was an old ironing board that was decorated
with plastic and metal pieces that the clients designed and attached.
The little boy sports a shirt with a rusted antique train engine as one of
the shoulders and old saw blade as one of the suspenders. Buttons for the
shirt were toy truck tires. His hair is the latest style using truck
A full view of the boy. Notice the old fire engine in his hand and the
colorful woven belt from telephone wire. His patch pocket is a toy Ford
These are the large pieces of turquoise pins worn with the traditional
clothing. The turquoise colored pieces were cut from a 55 Pontiac fender
A close-up of the woman with her squash blossom necklace, turquoise braclet
and shoulder pin. Her red shirt was of the finest tomato and coffee cans.
This is the original drawing. Nobody could understand how we were going to
build it out of rusted metal, inner tubes, metal stapping, soda cans, and
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Last updated by tgh on September 13, 1995 22:03:00.