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Native American Art Magazine|June - July 2020
GEORGE RIVERA (Pojoaque)

SANTA FE, NM

George Rivera is many things; art and cultural teacher, student of painting and sculptural design and even Governor of the Pueblo of Pojoaque in northern New Mexico, his hometown and Native heritage. Rivera’s impact reaches even further with his talents as a bronze sculptor, depicting Pueblo life and other tribal customs.

Rivera mainly focuses on large scale commissions such as a recent piece made for the city of Santa Fe titled, Catua and Umtua. It depicts two life size bronze figures that were runners serving as messengers during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. Another recent large scale work is Pechanga Peon, showing 13 Luiseño Natives involved in the sing gambling game called Peon, installed at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.

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