Shumakolowa Native Arts Celebrates Their 40th Anniversary with a Pendleton Blanket Designed by Jemez Artist George Toya

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Published August 13, 2016

ALBURQUERQUEShumakolowa Native Arts and theIndian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) are proud to announce the arrival of their long-anticipated 40th-anniversary Pendleton blanket featuring renowned Jemez artist George Toya’s painting “A Pueblo Prayer.” This limited-edition piece will be sold exclusively through Shumakolowa Native Arts, the premier retailer of authentic handcrafted works of Pueblo art located in the IPCC at 2401 12th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104.

The blanket’s custom design was unveiled in April 2016 alongside the opening of IPCC’s brand-new permanent exhibit, “We Are of This Place: The Pueblo Story.” Now the first shipment from Pendleton’s wool mills in the Pacific Northwest is scheduled to arrive at Shumakolowa Native Arts on Thursday, August 18, and blankets will be made available to collectors of Native art starting the following week. The first 250 blankets sold are particularly special collector’s items as Toya has hand-sign their numbered tags.

“Pendleton is an iconic brand, especially in Native culture,” says Ira Wilson, Manager of Shumakolowa Native Arts. “In Pueblo life, it is the blanket given at weddings and used by governors. It’s natural that the IPCC would choose Pendleton to honor and celebrate their 40th.”

Toya’s vibrant painting “A Pueblo Prayer” was selected as the featured image through a competitive process co-hosted by Shumakolowa and the IPCC. The painter then collaborated with Albuquerque Pendleton distributor Bolton to translate the painting into a vivid four-color design.

“In Pueblo life when prayers are recited, all the elements and heavenly bodies are addressed,” says Toya. The painting “A Pueblo Prayer” depicts everything from the earth to the sky and the living creatures they contain. The final design shows brightly-colored stars, dragonflies, animal prints, and cornstalks against black geometric elements.

Both the IPCC and Shumakolowa were founded in 1976 by the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico and make it their mission to preserve and promote Pueblo culture. They’re also offering limited-edition 40th anniversary pins and travel mugs in-store for the last few months of 2016, so collectors will want to stop in soon.

Shumakolowa is currently accepting pre-orders of the special 40th-anniversary Pendleton blanket in-store and online, and will receive their first shipment in-store on Thursday, August 18. A small portion of each purchase will benefit the IPCC.

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