The Pottery Project celebrates the Indigenous pottery-making traditions in the U.S. Southwest and northwest Mexico by showcasing 500 choice specimens from a larger, renowned collection of 24,000 whole vessels held at the Arizona State Museum located on the University of Arizona’s campus at 1013 E University Boulevard. The online exhibit focuses on the Wall of Pots – 100 pots illustrating 2,000 years of Southwest Indigenous ingenuity, science, and the art of pottery making. The Arizona State Museum (ASM) is located on land that has been inhabited by Indigenous peoples for 13,000 years. The exhibit also features interactive displays, interviews with archaeologists and Native potters, videos and hands-on experiences.
Currently there are 22 federally recognized tribes with reservation lands in the state of Arizona, with the Tucson area being home to the Tohono O’odham and the Pascua Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University of Arizona and ASM strive to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities.