#848 Pueblo Indian Gourd Nativity

Acquired 2019

This Southwestern Gourd Nativity is depictive of the Pueblo Indians of the New Mexico area which I learned much about while attending the Friends of the Crèche Enchanted Southwest Nativity Convention in November 2019. Each Southwestern nativity reflects the area from which the artist resides. This unusual three-piece gourd nativity is from Albuquerque, NM, and was created by Fran Gurule, a native Indian. She gathers her gourds from the Scottsdale, AZ area and picks them out annually in January and February of each year. She boils the gourds to remove the layers of skin. From there the gourds are dried and she sands them. In creating the item, she uses a hot pen to burn in the design on the gourd and then they are hand painted and sealed. She uses deer skin hide (with her personal stamp implanted) for the clothing and Pueblo beading, as well as parrot feathers for accent. I purchased this set from The Shop (a Christmas store) in Santa Fe, NM. Purchase price, $130, November 2019.