The Storyteller’s Gift

The Storyteller’s Gift

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The colors and patterns of the pottery for sale at the San Ildefonso Pueblo in New Mexico were still in the forefront of my mind when we discovered we had locked the keys inside our rental car. As we settled in to wait for the locksmith, the young Native American behind the desk smiled, beckoned me to look over his shoulder, and started turning the pages of his weathered sketchbook, which was filled with breathtaking designs like the ones I had just seen on the pottery in the pueblo. It made me want one of the finished pots even more. Unfortunately, it cost $85 to unlock the car. Later, at the Taos Pueblo, I relayed what had happened to a Native American woman working in the gift shop. She showed…
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