Comments: Ida Redbird is in the Arizona Woman's Hall of Fame, she was part of the 1937-1940 Maricopa Pottery Revival and the first president of the Maricopa Pottery Makers Association (Maricopa Pottery Cooperative). Ida was the translator/informant to Leslie Spier who wrote "Yuma Tribes of the Gila River".

Born: 1892

Deceased: August 10, 1971

On the hot evening in August, Ida found comfort and fell asleep on an old couch under a big Cottonwood tree near her home. Lightning stuck the tree causing a limb to break, it fell crushing Ida to death.

Ida was taught pottery making skills by her mother.

The largest tall necked vase we have seen to date, made by Mabel, is 20" by 9"

(at the R.G. Munn Acution, Feb 2002, lot # 1428)

Pottery Making Relatives:

Daughter - Malinda Redbird

Daughter-in-law - Anita Redbird

Cousin - Mabel Sunn

Cousin - Mary Juan


The Desert Southwest, Four Thousand Years of Life & Art

Allan & Carol Hayes, Ten Speed Press, 2006 

R. G. Munn Auction, LLC  - February 2002

(Lot # 338, # 1428)

R. G. Munn Auction, LLC  - October 2001

(Lot # 437)

Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni

Allan Hayes & John Blom, Northland Publishing, 1996

Dirt for Making Things, An apprenticeship in Maricopa Pottery

As told to Janet Stoeppelmann by Mary Fernald, Northland Publishing, 1995



1. Maricopa Black-on-Red Bowl by Ida Redbird

2. Maricopa Black-on-Red Bird Effigy Bowl by Ida Redbird




Revised: 07/23/2008

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