Mojave Pottery Four Spout Effigy Vase
Elmer Gates, Ca 1970's
975. Description: Native American, Mojave Pottery Four Spout Effigy Vase by Elmer Gates, Ca 1970’s. Has beaded necklace and earrings,
Dimensions: 7” x 5”
Condition: Excellent for age.
Some background on Mojave Pottery and Elmer Gates:
Elmer Gates, was born in 1929 and lived in Poston, Arizona on the Fort Mojave Reservation. He had learned to make pottery from his aunt. He then continued studying all styles of southwestern pottery and working with various techniques. He sold his work at the Colorado River Indian Tribal Museum in the 1970's. Gates was so confident in his chosen profession that he taught a number of young artists of Mojave and Maricopa Tribes, as well as non-natives, including Santa Fe ceramicist Rick Dillingham.
Elmer Gates was a true artist. He experimented with many shapes, techniques and motifs. He made human figurines, but was also well known for his owls and frogs. His shapes were free flowing and not necessarily true to muscular form.
Mohave or Mojave (Mojave: 'Aha Makhav) are a Native American people indigenous to the Colorado River in the Mojave Desert. The Fort Mojave Indian Reservation includes territory within the borders of California,Arizona, and Nevada. The Colorado River Indian Reservation includes parts of California and Arizona and is shared by members of the Chemehuevi, Hopi, and Navajo peoples.
The original Colorado River and Fort Mojave reservations were established in 1865 and 1870, respectively. Both reservations include substantial senior water rights in the Colorado River; water is drawn for use in irrigated farming.
The four combined tribes sharing the Colorado River Indian Reservation function today as one geo-political unit known as the federally recognized Colorado River Indian Tribes; each tribe also continues to maintain and observe its individual traditions, distinct religions, and culturally unique identities.
The Colorado River Indian Tribes headquarters, library and museum are in Parker, Arizona, about 40 miles (64 km) north of I-10. The National Indian Days Celebration is held annually in Parker, from Thursday through Sunday during the last week of September. The All-Indian Rodeo is also celebrated annually, on the first weekend in December. RV facilities are available along the Colorado River.