||Adakai PotteryNavajo people started creating pottery many, many years ago. In this century, other people began to notice its beauty – the artistry of design – and Navajo pottery is now a much-sought- after commodity.But few people really understand the sacred nature of what they’re buying. For, from the beginning, Navajo pottery has gone forth carrying the blessing of the medicine man.Manuel Morgan, owner of Adakai Pottery, explains: Each pot is made out of clay, water, fire and the wind. So we have to pay our respects to the earth. It gives us life, it feeds our kids, and clothes them – that is why it needs to be blessed.
The medicine man told us that we have to do the best work, perfect work; that is why our lines are perfect. It is blessed already, so we are just carrying out the medicine man’s work and making each pot perfect, because when it goes from where our work ends and a person takes it, that person takes all the blessings.
Whether they know it or not that pot inspires people to understand Nature and to not take Nature for granted. We are not the only people who live by the earth, the water – the rain – the fire and the wind. That is given to everyone.
A lot of people take that for granted. Our pots, with these blessings going with it, inspire people to respect Nature. That is how we are helping the world. That is the gift that is given to us, and no matter how hard other people try to copy us, they can never do what we are doing, because we do it with a blessing.
This is a gift, this is what our destiny is, and why we came together, and why it can feed us, and clothe us, and have a home for our children.
Making use of this great gift is not easy. Manuel’s wife, Yanua, recalls the early days of their life together: It was hard sometimes . . . We started our pottery making with nothing. We just worked in our kitchen. I remember our first winter, everything froze because it was so cold, and we couldn’t do anything except sit there in front of that big window . . . it was one week before Christmas and we didn’t have any money.
But the pottery business grew and so did the Morgan family. Daughter Moniquaa wants to become a lawyer. Son Craig wants to be an astronaut. Joshua will be a medicine man, and Colton plans to be president of the United States. Jessica hopes to marry an NFL quarterback so the family can go to the Super Bowl.
Their goals may change as they grow older, but the blessings of the pottery they will carry with them always. They also carry the blessings that come with being born Navajo. We are blessed to be Navajo, says Manuel. We speak the language of the Gods; we can communicate with Nature. Through the medicine man, we know that we all make mistakes, but it can all be corrected, because Nature has a law, and we understand that law. We live in harmony and peace.