Franklin Tenorio is a traditional potter from Santo Domingo Pueblo. Like many residents of Santo Domingo, Franklin worked for the US Forest Service as a wildland firefighter for 28 years. Then he worked with his cousin, Thomas Tenorio, and learned to make pottery the traditional way.
I see Franklin often, and a couple times a year he'll hand me a small ceramic saucer painted with a bird or flower or other traditional design. He has accepted the honesty of my interest enough that he'll sometimes share with me the Keres words for a particular design and try to express the meaning of that in English for me, but Eastern Keres to English is an imprecise translation no matter who tries to make it. He is usually able to get the spirit across because of the connection that has grown between us. He also visits before pueblo feast days and brings me a loaf of freshly baked pueblo bread with a personal invitation.
The best thing about Pueblo bread: the wheat is grown from indigenous seeds (unmessed with by Monsanto and gang) and all the other ingredients have similar provenance. And like when making pottery, the bakers pray the whole time they are cooking. One slice is like eating a full meal: it feeds the spirit, too.