Cochiti PuebloCochiti is the birthplace of storyteller and mono figures pottery.
Mono figurines were created in the 1880’s, coinciding with the arrival of the missionaries when pueblo potters began sculpting Catholic Priests and Anglo missionaries out of clay. Now everything from superheroes to hippies are depicted in clay sculptures ranging from one to two feet tall. The mono figures and storytellers were not always loved and praised by all. Many serious art critics wrote about how the commercialization of art in the pueblo’s contaminated their authentic cultural tradition. This did not phase the fun spirited Cochiti people. Today, storytellers and mono figures can be seen in museums across the country. They are received as prize-winning pieces by art collectors and southwestern pottery enthusiasts alike.