Know Pot(s) - Mata Ortiz: A Pottery Tradition Revived
Saturday, August 18
ustine Lowry highlights the pottery traditions of Mata Ortiz.
A complete survey of the historic traditions of pottery of the American Southwest includes major centers for
trade, commerce, learning and spiritual or religious gatherings. Some of these pre-European Contact
centers reflect the vast trade networks that span what we know of today as the American Southwest and
Mexico. The pottery tradition of Mata Ortiz revives the style and iconography of the ancient city of Paquime
(also known as Casas Grandes) of Northern Mexico, here we see a blending of ancient Mogollon cultural
features, of Arizona and New Mexico, and those of pre-Hispanic traditions of Mexico as well.
Justine Lowry is an instructor at Central Oregon Community College and OSU Cascades teaching courses
relating to Native American Art History and Anthropology of Indigenous Peoples of North America. Prior to
becoming an instructor Justine functioned as the Native American Program Coordinator at Central Oregon
Community College. Lowry's graduate studies diverge into several areas of research, Art Education, Art
History and Native American Studies. As a child through her early adulthood Lowry learned about her own
Indigenous heritage through her grandfather Leonard Lowry (Maidu, Pit River, Washoe, Scots-Irish).