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Adam and Santana Martinez, San Ildefonso, Black on black jar with geometric design
Adam and Santana Martinez
San Ildefonso
3 1/4 in H by 4 in Dia
$ 675
Black on black jar with geometric design
Condition: Excellent
Signature: Santana Adam

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Adam and
Santana Martinez

San Ildefonso
Stylized rooster design on a black on black plate

Adam Martinez (1903-2000) was Julian and Maria Martinez oldest son. He grew up in a home full of highly respected potters but he was never interested beyond helping Julian gather and process clay and collect firewood and manure for the firings.

Santana Roybal (1909-2002) was born into a different family of well-known San Ildefonso potters and painters and she grew up learning to make pots from her grandmother, Dominguita Pino Martinez. She and Adam were married in 1926 and they lived in his parents home for the next 8 years. During that time Santana learned Maria's way of making pots and Julian's methods of painting them.

After Julian passed away in 1943, Adam and Santana dedicated themselves to helping Maria continue with her business. Adam took over his father's duties with gathering and processing clay and firing pots while Santana worked with Maria making pots and painting them. The signature on most of Maria's pottery made through those years (1943-1956) reads "Marie + Santana".

In 1956 Maria began working with her youngest son, Popovi Da, and Adam and Santana graduated to making pots on their own. Their signature became "Santana + Adam" and they were participants every year at the SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market from 1970 to 1999, winning several 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place ribbons plus Best of Class and Best of Division. In 1981 they earned the "Maria Poveka Award for Best Traditional San Ildefonso Pottery."

Adam and Santana had seven children and they taught many of them how to make pottery the traditional way.

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San Ildefonso Pueblo

Sacred Black Mesa
Black Mesa at San Ildefonso Pueblo

San Ildefonso Pueblo is located about twenty miles northwest of Santa Fe, New Mexico, mostly on the eastern bank of the Rio Grande. Although their ancestry has been traced as far back as abandoned pueblos in the Mesa Verde area in southwestern Colorado, the most recent ancestral home of the people of San Ildefonso is in the area of Bandelier National Monument, the prehistoric villages of Tyuonyi, Otowi, Navawi and Tsankawi specifically. The area of Tsankawi abuts the reservation on its northwest side.

The San Ildefonso name was given to the village in 1617 when a mission church was established. Before then the village was called Powhoge, "where the water cuts through" (in Tewa). Today's pueblo was established as long ago as the 1300's and when the Spanish arrived in 1540 they estimated the village population at about 2,000.

That village mission was destroyed during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 and when Don Diego de Vargas returned to reclaim the San Ildefonso area in 1694, he found virtually the entire tribe on top of nearby Black Mesa. After an extended siege the two sides negotiated a treaty and the people returned to their village. However, the next 250 years were not good for them. Finally, the Spanish swine flu pandemic of 1918 reduced the tribe's population to about 90. The tribe's population has increased to more than 600 today but the only economic activity available for most on the pueblo involves the creation of art in one form or another. The only other jobs are off-pueblo. San Ildefonso's population is small compared to neighboring Santa Clara Pueblo, but the pueblo maintains its own religious traditions and ceremonial feast days.

San Ildefonso has produced fine ceramic art since early pre-Columbian times. The pueblo is most known for being the home of the most famous Pueblo Indian potter, Maria Martinez. Many other excellent potters have produced quality pottery from this pueblo, too, among them: Blue Corn, Tonita and Juan Roybal, Dora Tse Pe and Rose Gonzales. Of course the descendants of Maria Martinez are still important pillars of San Ildefonso's pottery tradition. Maria's influence reached far and wide, so far and wide that even Juan Quezada, founder of the Mata Ortiz pottery renaissance in Chihuahua, Mexico, came to San Ildefonso to learn from her.

San Ildefonso Pueblo location map

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Pueblos of the Rio Grande, by Daniel Gibson
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Maria Martinez Family Tree

Disclaimer: This "family tree" is a best effort on our part to determine who the potters are in this family and arrange them in a generational order. The general information available is questionable so we have tried to show each of these diagrams to living members of each family to get their input and approval, too. This diagram is subject to change should we get better info.

Santiago Peña (b. 1846) & Antonio Domingo Peña (b. 1841)
Family members who became potters:
  • Nicolasa Peña Montoya (1863-1904) & Juan Cruz Montoya
    Family members who became potters:
    • Tonita Martinez Roybal (1892-1945) & Alfredo Montoya
    • Isabel Montoya (1898-1996) & Benjamin Atencio
      Family members who became potters:
      • Angelita Atencio Sanchez (1927-1993) & Santiago Sanchez
        Family members who became potters:
        • Sandra Sanchez Chaparro
      • Gilbert Atencio (1930-1995)
      • Tony Atencio (b. 1928)
      • Helen Gutierrez (1935-1993) & Frank Gutierrez (Santa Clara)
        Family members who became potters:
        • Carol & James Gutierrez
        • Katherine Gutierrez & Ernest J. Naranjo
        • Rose Gutierrez
    • Rayita Montoya
    • Santana Montoya & Antonio Vigil
      Family members who became potters:
      • Lupita Vigil Martinez (b. 1918) & Anselmo Martinez (1909-1965)
  • Reyes Peña (d. 1909) & Tomas Montoya (d. 1914)
    Family members who became potters:
    • Desideria Montoya (1889-1982)
    • Maria Montoya Martinez (1887-1980) & Julian Martinez (1884-1943)
      Family members who became potters:
      • Adam Martinez (1903-2000) and Santana Martinez (1909-2002)
        Family members who became potters:
        • George Martinez (b. 1943) & Pauline Martinez (Santa Clara, b. 1950)
        • Anita Martinez (d. 1992) & Pino Martinez
          Family members who became potters:
          • Barbara Tahn-Moo-Whe Gonzales (b. 1947) & Robert Gonzales
            Family members who became potters:
            • Aaron Gonzales (b. 1971)
            • Brandon Gonzales (b. 1983)
            • Cavan Gonzales (b. 1970)
            • Derek Gonzales (b. 1986)
          • Kathy Wan Povi Sanchez (b. 1950) & Gilbert Sanchez
            Family members who became potters:
            • Wayland Sanchez
          • Evelyn Than-Povi Garcia
          • Peter Pino
        • Viola Martinez/Sunset Cruz
          Family members who became potters:
          • Beverly Martinez (1960-1987)
          • Marvin Martinez (b. 1964) and Frances Martinez
          • Johnny Cruz Jr. (b. 1975)
      • Popovi Da (1921-1971)
        Family members who became potters:
        • Tony Da (1940-2008)
    • Maximiliana Montoya (1885-1955) & Cresencio Martinez (1879-1918)
    • Juanita Vigil (1898-1933) & Romando Vigil (1902-1978)
      Family members who became potters:
      • Carmelita Vigil (1925-1999) & Nicholas Cata
        Family members who became potters:
        • Martha Apple Leaf (b. 1950)
          Family members who became potters:
          • Eric Fender (b. 1970)
        • Gloria Maxey (d. 1999)
          Family members who became potters:
          • Angelina Maxey (b. 1970)
          • Jessie Maxey (b. 1972)
        Carmelita Vigil (Dunlap) (1925-1999) & Carlos Dunlap (d. 1971)
        Family members who became potters:
        • Carlos Sunrise Dunlap (1958-1981)
        • Cynthia Star Flower Dunlap (b. 1959)
        • Jeannie Mountain Flower Dunlap (b. 1953)
        • Linda Dunlap (b. 1955)
      • Albert Vigil (b. 1927) & Josephine Cordova (b. 1927, Taos)
  • Philomena Peña & Juan Gonzales & Ramona Sanchez (Robert's mother)
    Family members who became potters:
    • Robert Gonzales & Rose (Cata) Gonzales (San Juan)
      Family members who became potters:
      • Tse-Pe & Dora Tse-Pe
        Family members who became potters:
        • Candace Tse-Pe
        • Gerri Tse-Pe
        • Irene Tse-Pe
      • Tse-Pe (1940-2000) & Jennifer Tse-Pe (second wife, Santa Clara)
    • Oqwa Pi (Abel Sanchez)(1899-1971) & Tomasena (Cata) Sanchez (1903-1985, Rose Gonzales' sister)
      Family members who became potters:
        • Russell Sanchez (b. 1966)
    • Louis Wo-Peen Gonzales & Juanita Wo-Peen Gonzales (1909-1988)
      Family members who became potters:
      • Adelphia Martinez
      • Lorenzo Gonzales (adopted) (1922-1995)
      • Blue Corn (Lorenzo's sister) (1921-1999)
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