World Nativity Traditions



Reycita Garcia


image preview

Creation Date




Exhibition Label

Reycita Garcia of San Juan Pueblo relishes the soft hues of earthen colors, but her figures are 'westernized.' St. Joseph is dressed cowboy style, the child wears Doctor Denton’s baby pajamas, and Mary proudly shows off the many buttons of her dress. However, the special feature of this set is the frog. He is a storyteller. Frogs are figures of wisdom and symbols of transformation. He tells the story of life from its simplest expression in water and mud to the coming of Jesus, the life-giver himself.


Handsculpted clay nativity set created by Reycita Garcia in 1999 in San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico. The set depicts the nativity of Jesus. Exhibition label originally written by Fr. Johann G. Roten, S.M. for exhibit held at Roesch Library, University of Dayton.


This material may be protected by U.S. (Title 17, U.S. Code) and/or international copyright law. The material is available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) or heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.


crèches, nativity scenes, nativities, At the Manger, figurines, Jesus Christ, San Juan Pueblo (New Mexico)

Image Location