Born:  May 29, 1935, Santa Clara Pueblo

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Family:
I am the Granddaughter of Jose Geronimo Tafoya (1863-1952) and Sara Fina Tafoya (ca. 1863-1949).

Daughter of Margaret Tafoya (1904-2001) and Alcario Tafoya (1900-1995), and I am now the oldest one of the Margaret Tafoya Family doing pottery and I have sold my art since 1968.

Sister of Virginia Ebelacker (deceased), Lee Tafoya (deceased), Jennie Trammel (deceased), Mela Youngblood (deceased), LuAnn Tafoya, Mary Esther Archuleta, Shirley Tafoya (deceased) and Meldon "Wayne" White Eagle Tafoya.

Wife of Ted Roller:

Mother of Susan Roller Whittington, Bill Roller (deceased), Morning Star Roller Vaughn, Tim Roller, Cliff Roller, Jeff Roller, and Brandon Roller.

Teacher:
"I learned by watching and helping my mother (Margaret Tafoya), and now I am the oldest working Margaret Tafoya family potter.  I have sold my art since 1968."

Students:
"I encouraged, and continue to encourage, my children and grandchildren."

Favorite Designs:
Feathers, melon, gourd, Bear paw, Avanyu, Kiva steps, nature signs

Biographical Databases:
NAAR Collection, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ and Museum of Indian Arts and Cultures, Santa Fe, NM.


Publications:
  • 1974
    Barsook, et al. 1974:50-78

  • 1976
    Tanner 1976:117

  • 1986
    Blair 1986:178

  • 1986
    Coe 1986:198

  • 1992
    Tokui 1992

  • 1994
    Dillingham 1994:184, 190-191

  • 1996
    Hayes and Blom 1996:137, 138

  • 1997
    Krena 1997:27

  • 1997
    Peaster 1997:143, 158

  • 1997
    Peterson 1997:86
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  • 1998
    Tucker 1998: plate 34

  • 1998
    U.S. Department of Interior, American Indian Arts Source Directory, 1998

  • 2000
    "Pueblo Indian Pottery: 750 Artist Biography", Volume 2 by Gregory Schaaf
  • 2007
    "Breaking the Mold", Denver Art Museum
  • 2008
    "Born of Fire, The Life and Pottery of Margaret Tafoya".

 

Articles:
  • 1974
    Arizona Highways May 1974 50(5):40

  • 1975
    SWAIA Quarterly Fall 1975 10(3):3, 10

  • 1976
    SWAIA Quarterly Fall/Winter 1976 11(3/4):14

  • 1979
    American Indian Art Magazine Spring 1979 4(2):26

  • 1985
    American Indian Art Magazine Autumn 1985 10(4):18

  • 1986
    American Indian Art Magazine Spring 1986 11 (2):15

  • 1987
    American Indian Art Magazine Autumn 1987 12(4):23

  • 1988
    American Indian Art Magazine Summer 1988 13(3):68

  • 1992
    Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Official Visitors Guide 1992:34

  • 1992
    Tewa thoughts and expressions: Nambi T'oh exhibit catalog 1992
  • 1993
    Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Official Visitors Guide 1993:38

  • 1996
    Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Official Visitors Guide 1996:33, 36

  • 1996
    American Indian Art Magazine Winter 1996 22(1):77

  • 1997
    Indian Artist Spring 1997:46
  • 2002
     The Sun News May/June: Front Page
  • 2008
     Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct 2.
  • Also
    The books
  • Native Arts West 1(7):24
    "Bird Vase," Winds (Japanese Airline Magazine)
Books by the artist:
"Indian Pottery" by Toni Roller of Santa Clara Pueblo, published 1997 by Sunstone Press of Santa Fe, NM.

Films:
"With Hand and Heart," a portrait of Southwestern Native American Artists, 28 min.