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Cleo Teissedre

Vintage 1989 Cleo Teissedre Native American Pueblo Storyteller Turtle

Vintage 1989 Cleo Teissedre Native American Pueblo Storyteller Turtle

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Vintage, Old Store Stock. MINT Condition. This is a beautiful handmade Vintage Native American Pueblo Storyteller created by Cleo Teissedre of Tucson, AZ. It shows four small children riding on the back of a Turtle Storyteller. The storyteller is an adaptation of centuries-old creations in figurine pottery.
  • Height: 1 1/2 in
  • Width: 2 1/2 in

Hand painted. Beige, terracotta, black and turquoise. This would make a very nice addition to a collection of Southwest Storytellers.

All Photographs are Original and are not stock photos.

Cultural traditions and values have historically been passed on by tribal elders through songs an stories geared to teaching the young. It is in these delightful representations that the intense love of the Native American Indians for their children is most clearly shown. These unique sculptures embody not only beauty and creativity, but also symbolize important American Indian principles and traditions.

Turtle symbolism and meanings include longevity, perseverance, steadfastness, protection, retreat, healing, tranquility, the Earth, and transformation. According to traditional beliefs, the turtle provides a haven for immortals and is a symbol of support, good fortune, and longevity. The turtle is also a positive omen.

Cleo Teissedre was well known artist from Tucson, AZ. She was born on Aug. 31, 1930 and passed away on June 25, 2020. She was known for producing Native American-style Navajo Storyteller Pottery pieces. Cleo’s Storytellers and figurines are very sought after. There is an incised signature on side of base and dated.

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