Barbara A. Babcock, Regents' Professor of English and Founding Director of the Comparative Culture and Literary Studies Program at University of Arizona, served as Research Associate.
Sculpting a StorytellerDuring the convocation week, Babcock
presented a colloquium with slides, giving a history of the storyteller figure.She
shared stories from her
relationship with Helen Cordero (Cochiti), who is credited with creating the first storyteller, modeled after her
grandfather.After a long period of figurative works being under appreciated, the storyteller initiated a general renaissance of clay figures and has, according to Babcock
, become an "icon of the Southwest."