Laguna Pueblo is located in west-central New Mexico along I-40. When the transcontinental railroad came to New Mexico, it brought travelers directly to the doorsteps of the Laguna Pueblo. Clay pots, like those pictured here, were made only by the women of the tribe and were constructed by hand. Long “sausages” of clay are coiled upward around a flat base of clay until the pot reaches the desired height. When the coiling is completed, the interior and exterior of the pot are smoothed, and the round coils are pressed together to form a smooth wall of the pot. The pots are then coated with slip, a watery clay substance, polished, decorated, and fired. Painted designs include fine lines representing rain, flowers, lightning, and animals.