World Nativity Traditions



Ethel Shields


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clay, glaze

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Ethel Shields is one of the grand old ladies of Pueblo nativities. Ethel's beautiful Acoma-style nativity reflects her preference for white, black and orange colors. The garments of Mary and Joseph are decorated with striking patterns. What seems to be like a field of crosses signals crossing paths in Indian symbolic language. Indian nativities are just that: traditional religion crossing paths with Christianity.


Glazed, clay figures sculpted by Ethel Shields in 1999 depicting the nativity of Jesus. Exhibition label originally written by Fr. Johann G. Roten, S.M. for exhibit entitled "At The Manger" and held at Roesch Library, University of Dayton.


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crèches, nativity scenes, nativities, At the Manger, figurines, Jesus Christ, United States

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