Pottery is one of the oldest art forms in the Native American culture. It developed out of necessity for the use of cooking, storage and water vessels. When the great civilizations such as Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon and Canyon de Chelly were thriving, pottery techniques excelled. The Native American was no longer nomadic and being settled in one area for years or a life time gave them the opportunity to perfect this skill. The pueblo potters of today use the same styles, skills and technique as their ancestors. .