Famous Pueblo People

Famous Pueblo Chiefs and Leaders


Paula Gunn Allen (1939-2008), author, novelist, and scholar

Solomon Bibo, only non-indian governor of a pueblo

Gregory Cajete, author and educator

Victor Calabaza, photographer and poet. Also grandson of Blue Corn.

Carlene Carter, singer and songwriter.

Marie Chino, traditional pottery artist

Vera Chino, traditional pottery artist

Lynne and Dennis Comeau, shoe designers.

Helen Cordero, storyteller and pottery

Blue Corn (1920-1999), pottery artist

Anton Docher, “The Padre of Isleta”, served as a priest in Acoma during his long period in Isleta.

Anthony Durand (1956–2009), micaceous potter

Howie Epstein, musician.

Tammy Garcia, ceramic artist and sculptor

Rose Gonzales, potter

Luther Gutierrez, potter

Margaret Gutierrez, potter

Edgar Lee Hewett (1865–1946), Anthropologist instrumental to the development of the San Ildefonso Self Taught Group

Lisa Holt, potter

Frank Hudson (1875–1950), football player, coach

Michael Kanteena, potter

Lucy Lewis, traditional pottery artist

Rita Lewis, storyteller pottery (1920—1991)

Joseph Lonewolf, potter

Evelina Zuni Lucero, writer

Ali MacGraw, actress and model.

Crescencio Martinez (1879–1918), painter

Esther Martinez, a Tewa linguist and storyteller

Julian Martinez (1879–1943), pottery artist

Maria Martinez, (1887–1980), a famous potter known for black on black ware

Cormac McCarthy, author.

Lee Marmon, photographer

Armistead Maupin, author who bought the Comeau estate.

Anthony Michaels-Moore, opera singer.

Patricia Michaels, contestant and runner-up on the U.S. version of Project Runway during season 11.

Florentino Montoya (1858-1918), pottery

Jody Naranjo, potter

Nora Naranjo-Morse, contemporary artist and filmmaker

Simon J. Ortiz, poet, author, and educator

Virgil Ortiz, potter

Tonita Peña, watercolor artist

Popé (Po-pay), the Tewa leader of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680

Eliot Porter, nature photographer who lived in Tesuque from 1946 until his death in 1990.

Diego Romero (born 1964), pottery and printmaking

Mateo Romero (born 1966), painter

Leslie Marmon Silko, author

Joseph Rael (b. 1935), ceremonial dancer and shamanism writer

Jeff Roller, traditional pottery artist and bronze sculptor

Linda and Merton Sisneros, potters

Anita Louise Suazo, traditional potter

Roxanne Swentzell, contemporary ceramicist and bronze sculptor, Native plant activist

Margaret Tafoya, celebrated Santa Clara traditional potter

Michael Tobias, author.

Awa Tsireh (also known as Alfonso Roybal), watercolor artist

Pablita Velarde, celebrated Santa Clara painter

Carol Jean Vigil, New Mexico’s first female Native American state court judge.

Evelyn M. Vigil, artist from Jemez Pueblo

Martina Vigil (1856—1916), pottery

Nancy Youngblood, distinguished Santa Clara Potter

Nathan Youngblood, traditional potter

Pueblo Tribes:

Pueblo of Acoma, (F) New Mexico
Pueblo of Cochiti, (F) New Mexico
Pueblo of Isleta,(F) New Mexico
Pueblo of Jemez, (F) New Mexico
Pueblo of Laguna, (F) New Mexico
Pueblo of Nambe, (F) New Mexico
Pueblo of Picuris, (F) New Mexico
Pueblo of Pojoaque, (F) New Mexico
Pueblo of San Felipe, (F) New Mexico
Pueblo of San Ildefonso, (F) New Mexico
Pueblo of Sandia, (F) New Mexico
Pueblo of Santa Ana, (F) New Mexico
Pueblo of Santa Clara, (F) New Mexico
Pueblo of Santo Domingo, New Mexico — See Kewa Pueblo (F)
Pueblo of San Juan — See Ohkay Owingeh (F)
Pueblo of Taos, (F) New Mexico
Pueblo of Tesuque, (F) New Mexico
Pueblo of Zia,(F) New Mexico
Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo of Texas (F) (Texas)
Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation (F) New Mexico