Vintage Native American Storyteller Bear by Cleo Teissedre Pottery
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Artist Cleo Teissedre began making her original Native American and Southwest designs in 1979 in her garage in Tucson, Arizona. Teissedre Designs, Inc. became widely known for their storytellers, tiles and framed art. This colorful Pueblo storyteller figure was made in 1989, before the original company was sold in 1996. The bear stands 3 inches tall with a flat bottom that measures approximately 2 inches by 2 inches. Handwritten on the bottom in black are the initials of the artist who hand painted the figure. The figure also has an impressed mark along the lower edge: "TDI © 89" Both are shown in our photos.
Storyteller figures were first made in 1964, by a member of the Cochiti people of New Mexico. They represent Native American parents and grandparents telling stories to children of the tribe to preserve their history and traditions. Bears are prominent in native American lore as symbols of wisdom and strength. This bear is holding two bear children and all three have hand painted features and symbols in tan, black and turquoise (note the strings of bear claws along the backs of the arms of the storyteller.) It's in exceptionally fine condition, with virtually no wear except some shelf abrasions on the bottom. This is a hard to find size of a Teissedre storyteller bear and a great addition to a collection---or the start of one.