ISS at work at the 2007 Indigenous Sculptors Symposium at the Poeh Center, Pojoaque Pueblo, New Mexico.


The Indigenous Sculptors Society is dedicated to the advancement of stone sculpture through education, promotion, and ethics from a Native American perspective. Founded in 2000, the society strives to inspire and mentor Native artists, especially youth, while providing a support network for its members. Our members are award-winning artists exhibiting at the Santa Fe Indian Market, Heard Museum Indian Market and the Eitljorg Museum's Indian Market and Festival.

The Indigenous Sculptors Society organizes symposiums which include presentations, sculpture seminars, workshops and opportunities for Native artists to meet and collaborate. In 2003 the Society created a group piece entitled Unity of the Council that was the centerpiece of the SWAIA annual gala auction. The sculpture depicts an eight member council sitting around a fire. Each one of the eight marble individuals was carved by a different member of the society. The Unity of the Council piece embodies many of the ideals of the Society; it is a group piece yet each contribution to the piece is distinct, and the overall emphasis of the piece is on community and gathering together.