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View of the artwork on display in 'All My Life: Contemporary Works by Native American Artists'; Peabody Essex Museum; August 5, 2005 through March 28, 2010.
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Object description

  • Tammy Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo, birth 1969)
  • Rains for the Harvest, 2001
  • Bronze, stone
  • Southwestern United States
  • H: 76 3/8 in, W: 26 1/8 in, D: 6 1/2 in (H: 194.0 cm, W: 66.4 cm, D: 16.5 cm)
  • Gift of Merry Glosband in honor of the leadership and vision of C.E.O. Dan Monroe and the Board of Trustees and Overseers. Also donation made on behalf of the Meilee Smythe and Morry Spitz Family Fund, 2003
  • E302066
  • Reflects Garcia's thoughts about the relationship between spiritual and physical worlds
  • Renowned artist working in ceramics, bronze, and glass

Like many ceramic artists in the American Southwest, Tammy Garcia uses time-honored techniques in creating her work, but pushes tradition with her style, materials, and motifs. A fourth generation potter, Garcia continues to stretch and grow through experimentation in form and designs. Rains for the Harvest is a two-sided sizeable sculpture. One side depicts a woman dressed for the ceremonial Corn Dance, which gives thanks to the Creator for gifts of the harvest. There are motifs of corn, clouds, lightning and water that symbolize elements in nature which sustain people in the arid American Southwest. The second side has a stepped relief, representing steps to and from the kiva, a ceremonial space where the physical and spiritual worlds interact and blend.


This is a large rectangular bronze sculpture depicting a woman in low relief lifting her plant filled hands upward on one side with a wavy golden river extending from the base of the sculpture to the top, bisecting the sky and two stocks of corn on the opposite side. The woman is wearing a dress decorated with geometric patterns a and a shawl decorated with double curve motifs. The woman has no facial features and stands in front of an architectural structure resembling a step pyramid. The bronze sculpture rests on a stone base.

Exhibition History

  • Power and Beauty: A New Native American Art Gallery at the Peabody Essex Museum, Peabody Essex Museum; 2003 through 2005
  • All of My Life, Contemporary Works by Native American Artists, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; August 05, 2005 through March 28, 2010


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