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Laverne Barber is Back, Better than Ever!

Thursday, September 28, 2017 2:03 PM

Laverne Barber is Back, Better than Ever!
I was trying to remember how I met Laverne Barber. She is the daughter of Anna Mae Barber who was the oldest sister of the five Burnham area weavers. When their mother died, Anna Mae basically raised Marie. Alice, Helen and Sandy. They are all world class Navajo weavers.

Back in the 1970's, I was a working in my father's rug room when Helen brought a weaving in. Not long after, the other family members started to bring their pieces into the showroom. They were very different from the weavings that you normally saw, combining elements from all of the weaving areas, using all hand spun wool and breaking most of the rules about Navajo design.
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This Silversmith Does It All!

Friday, September 8, 2017 5:24 PM

This Silversmith Does It All!
Many of you are familiar with Jesse Robbins, a Creek Indian who attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, went on to get his Masters in Archeology at Northern Arizona University and dedicated himself to becoming a full time silversmith.

Jesse has done very well and this last year was accepted to show at the Heard Museum Show and the Santa Fe Indian Market for the first time. Jesse’s jewelry looks like it came out of the 1800s. And it is made just like it was made back then.
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Old Rugs (Almost) Never Die!

Monday, August 14, 2017 10:12 AM

Old Rugs (Almost) Never Die!
Those of you know me or read this blog regularly, know that I never met a Navajo Rug that I didn't like. Sure, some are more favorite than others, but there is always something to find in a rug that you can like and admire.

So what happens when a weaving is damaged or suffers a color run? What if your dog chews off the corner or your best friend (because you would never) drops a glass of red wine or coffee on your favorite weaving?
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New for Indian Market at Toh-Atin Gallery’s show this Week!
We are loading the vans, packing the rugs and getting ready to take off for Santa Fe in a few days and we have some great Navajo weavings to share with you.
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Santa Fe's Indian Market Week and What We Bring to the Party!
You can spin it anyway you want, but there is nothing like the third week in August in Santa Fe! The town is bustling with energy, and shows featuring the finest in Native American and tribal art are all over town. Every gallery, shop and museum is featuring their best and you get to rub shoulders with the nicest artists and friendliest people in the world! 
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Two Wonderful Yeibichai Weavings

Friday, June 30, 2017 2:02 PM

Two Wonderful Yeibichai Weavings
Yei and Yeibichai rugs evolved at the beginning of the 1900s when traders were encouraging Navajo weavers to replace the old wearing blanket patterns with designs that the traders could sell to tourist outlets and department stores. Different styles, like Two Grey Hills, Ganado and Crystal developed around those trading post areas.
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Over 100 Navajo weavings, old and new, ranging is price from $100 to over $10,000 will be featured in this unique, all day event! Styles including Two Grey Hills, Burnham, Yeis, Ganado, Klagatoh, Teec Nos Pos, pictorials, Sandpaintings and more! Saturday June 10, 2017 at the Museum of Natural History of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT.
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Annual Navajo Rug Auction in Oklahoma City April 21-22, 2017

Coming April 21 and 22, The Annual Navajo Rug Silent Auction and Sale In Oklahoma City

In addition to over 100 quality, authentic weavings in all price ranges and from all of the major weaving areas on the Navajo Reservation, we will have a day of activities. 

Friday the display opens from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm. And on Saturday, the hours are from 10 am until 5 pm. 

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Transitional Period Weavings

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 5:22 PM

Transitional Period Weavings

One of the most interesting periods in the history of Navajo weaving began in the 1880’s and went through the first decade of the 1900’s. It is called the Transitional era because it marked the switch between the weaving of wearing blankets by Navajo women to weavings intended for sale.

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We Are Proud to Announce The Launch of our New Web Site!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 2:44 PM

We Are Proud to Announce The Launch of our New Web Site!

We Are Proud to Announce The Launch of our New Web Site!

We have, without any question, the best customers on the planet! To all of you who follow our newsletter and make it possible for us to share the great works of Native and Southwestern artists, we say "Thank You!"

We have never met many of you, but have gotten to know you through wonderful telephone conversations when you have called about our web site. We love it when people call to talk about pieces we have on the site or even to check the "real" ski report at Purgatory!

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31st Annual Navajo Rug Sale & Silent Auction

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 4:35 PM

31st Annual Navajo Rug Sale & Silent Auction

If you are as tired of the election news as I am, you know that the best way to make yourself feel better is to come down to the Denver Post Building, 101 West Colfax, between 10 am and 5 pm and buy a Navajo rug!

Think about it. These are one of the great American art forms, woven for about 400 years by the Navajo people of New Mexico, Utah and Arizona. These are honest, straightforward people who work hard. I mean, really hard. Your appreciate of their work makes their lives possible. It’s a fair trade, you get a beautiful piece of art, and they get to continue creating them while supporting their families.

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A Late Germantown Transitional Weaving

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 5:05 PM

A Late Germantown Transitional Weaving

Towards the end of the1800's, the Navajo had begun to adopt the clothing worn by the traders and settlers in the Southwest. The Navajo women moved from wearing the woven dresses and blankets that came from their looms and adopted the long velvet skirts and blouses that they were first exposed to by U.S. Army officer's wives while the Navajo were kept in captivity during the Civil War.

Men began to adopt the pants and shirts of the white man. Fashion was changing on the Navajo reservation and even the traditional Navajo blanket was being replaced by the Pendleton blankets sold by the trading posts.

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A sweet collection of "Small" Burnham Weavings

Monday, October 24, 2016 5:32 PM

A sweet collection of

If you have been following our newsletter a while, you know the story of the Burnham weavers. In a chapter house area south of Shiprock and across the road from Two Grey Hills, a group of five sisters, Anna Mae, Marie, Helen, Alice and Sandy, began creating unique Navajo weavings in the 1970's.

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The Story of a Two Grey Hills Treasure Told by the Weaver

Thursday, September 22, 2016 1:00 PM

The Story of a Two Grey Hills Treasure Told by the Weaver

Ruth Teller was one of the finest Two Grey Hills weavers. She lived in a small place not to far from Newcomb on what used to be Highway 666. My dad used to stop and see her and I went with him a couple of times.

She had three daughters that also were amazing weavers. Two of them, Roseann Lee and Barbara Ornelas worked together to create a large Two Grey Hills tapestry that won the Best of Show at the Santa Fe Indian Market in 1987. It was the first Navajo weaving to win the award and it set a record price for contemporary Navajo weaving when it was sold.

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The Wonderful Weavings from Burnham

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 6:04 PM

The Wonderful Weavings from Burnham

We have received a lot of credit for being the traders who developed the Burnham area Navajo weaving designs. That, or course, is not true. The weavers from the Burnham area, specifically the Begay and Barber families, did not need anyone to help them create these wonderful pieces.

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Navajo Weaving and the American Flag

Monday, August 15, 2016 5:33 PM

Navajo Weaving and the American Flag

The Harvey family lives north of Window Rock, Arizona, the Navajo Nation Capital. I don’t know when my Dad met them, but I don’t think I remember a time when he wasn’t buying weavings from Esther Harvey, the mother and head of the family.

 

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Santa Fe Indian Market Week!

Saturday, August 13, 2016 5:08 PM

Santa Fe Indian Market Week!

Toh-Atin Gallery will be in Santa Fe, Wednesday through Sunday, and will be showing the largest selection of Navajo weaving in town! We will also be featuring free lectures on Native jewelry and weaving!

It’s the biggest week in American Indian art as thousands of artists, dealers, collectors, museum directors, art lovers and more than a few crazy people, descend on this Northern New Mexico town!

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A Real Navajo Rug

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 3:48 PM

A Real Navajo Rug

One of my favorite events is when someone walks in the gallery and says something like, “Do you have any real Navajo rugs?”

Looking around at all of the weavings we have in stock, several hundred, I will ask, “What do you mean?”

I mean the ones where they really did all their own work and made their own dyes, you know, before the white man got here,” is the type of answer I’ll sometimes hear.

 

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The Case of the Unknown Weaver

Thursday, June 30, 2016 3:29 PM

The Case of the Unknown Weaver

We recently picked up a collection of weavings from the 1980’s that were done by some very talented women. Most of them had tags on them so it was easy to identify the weavers. They came from a famous Indian Trading family in Gallup (by agreement I can share that name with the purchaser of the weavings but am not allowed to put it in print).

There is one vegetal dye weaving in the group that was obviously done by a talented weaver. It is unique as the design is a traditional Teec Nos Pos, an area where you seldom see vegetal dye colors.

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Learning About Anthony Tallboy

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 4:16 PM

Learning About Anthony Tallboy

Navajo weaver and Medicine Man Anthony Tallboy came to the gallery yesterday with a beautiful Storm pattern.

We had been expecting him. He called on Friday to say he would have the weaving done by Monday. After he called, I started thinking about how long I’d known Anthony.

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Navajo Rug Sale and Silent Auction, Saturday in Salt Lake City

On Saturday, June 18, Toh-Atin Gallery will be traveling to Utah for our Annual Silent Auction and Sale of over 150 Navajo weavings. It will be a fun and interesting day at one of the most beautiful museums in the country.

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Mae Jim's Ganado Red Weavings

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 5:50 PM

Mae Jim's Ganado Red Weavings

Many of you saw our Facebook posts, on May 23rd, about the two large Ganado Red weavings that were created by famed weaver, Mae Jim, in the 1980’s.

We took these two amazing weavings down to Ganado High School, where one of Mae Jim's nephews was graduating, and they were used as the backdrop for the graduation exercises.

The weavings are regularly taken out of our vault for their family celebrations and it is a special honor for us to be able to provide them for the family’s use.

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The Perfect Gift for anyone who loves Navajo weavings!

Sunday, December 20, 2015 5:32 PM

Mae was born around 95 years ago. Even she does not know for sure how old she is because no one recorded the date when she was born.

We do know that she has been at it a long time!

 

Our father started buying rugs from her back in the 1960's and we continue to do that today

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