| Barbara grew up in Mission, Kansas a suburb of Kansas City, where
she was born. This area of Kansas was the departure point for the Santa Fe and
Overland trails to California and Oregon.
After moving to California, her collection expanded beyond arrowheads, bowls and pre-Columbian artifacts to building an extensive library on Indian art and a modest collection of pottery, blankets and rugs. The MOM collection highlights the wonderful designs of the Southwest derived from pottery and petroglyphs. Anasazi, Hohokam and Mimbres designs are primarily featured.
Gourds are grown all over the world with a variety of shapes and sizes. They are part of the squash family and a few are edible. Since the Indians had many uses for the gourds as containers, drums, dippers, rattles and mask, it seemed appropriate to decorate the gourds with ancient designs.
Each gourd is hand selected. Careful preparation involves scrubbing, cutting, scraping and sanding. The designs are incised using a wood burning technique of outlining, shading and texturing. They are then dyed and polished giving them a leathery look. Some tops are wrapped in Southern California basket materials. A few are embellished with turquoise, beads, feathers and shells. Other gourds are cut in a stair step affect of a Kiva with a design and ladder. Ornaments, masks and birdhouses are also part of the collection.
Gourds are signed by the artist as well as the name "MOM" signifying the legendary" Little People" of the Anasazi,
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