National Geographic : 1964 Feb
Pottery makers fire wares in a corral at Jemez Pueblo M ESA VERDEANS used wood to fire their pots and fix the designs. Most Pueblo Indians today burn slabs of dried dung. But the Panana family in Jemez still relies on the old ways and uses wood, believing that it makes the vessels harder. In red apron, Louisa Panana and her daughter Annie place vessels upside down in a crude metal bed resting on old cans. Earlier, Mrs. Panana molded the clay pots and polished them with a slick pebble. Annie painted designs with a yucca brush. Pieces of discarded metal cover the pots. Fire is applied to wood around the bed. Mother and daughter wait for the fire to die. They will lift out the vessels with long sticks and let them cool. KODACHROME(ABOVE) AND HS EKTACHROMES© N.G .S . Handsome kiva jar from Long House at Wetherill Mesa, fired at least seven centuries ago, clearly retains its distinctive markings. This is one of the treasures of the National Park Service - National Geographic Society archeological project. It will go on view in a new visitor center planned for 1968.