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Artist's Profile
Tribal Affilation:
Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1981
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Methods and Style of Work:
Michael has received many awards in recognition of his work. Some of the more significant awards include a first place at the 1994
New Mexico State Fair, First, Second and Third Place at the 1995 Gallup Ceremonial, and a First Place at the 1996 Gallup
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About The Artist:
Remembering the beautiful pot shards he had picked up as a boy, and wishing to learn about his ancient roots, which he knew went
back to New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon (the Anasazi Culture), he began collecting archeological catalogues of pottery forms.
Through extensive study, trial and error, and even consultation with archaeologists, he developed his pottery into remarkably close
reproductions of Chacoan and Mesa Verde pottery.
Recently, his studies have expanded to the Mimbres and ancient Mexican People, where human and animal effigies are common.
Michael has added his own contemporary designs to these ancient themes, to develop his own unique art form.
A single effigy may be based on a Toltec theme, painted with Chacoan designs, and put together in contemporary form.
Various feature articles have been written about Michael and his unique style of pottery making. These include the Gallup
Independent newspaper. Native People Magazine, and the Southwest Art Magazine.
Michael Kanteena
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Friday, February 17, 2012
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