Florence Riggs' Tree of Life

Friday, September 3, 2021 11:24 AM

Florence Riggs' Tree of Life

Florence Riggs is widely recognized as one of the premier weavers of Navajo pictorial scenes. She comes from a great weaving family. Louise Nez is her mother and Linda Nez is her sister. Both are exceptional weavers.

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Klagetoh Trading Post Wasn't Owned by Hubbell After All!

I learned something doing research for this newsletter. I don’t know how many times I heard my father say in different talks that Klagetoh Trading Post was owned by Don Lorenzo Hubbell, the man who owned the Hubbell Trading Post in Ganado and more than a dozen other posts.

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Earl Biss and the Energy of Moving Paint

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 9:47 AM

Earl Biss and the Energy of Moving Paint

This man stands out among Native American artists as one of the groundbreakers, one who created something special, new and different.

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The Masks of David K. John

Saturday, August 7, 2021 9:35 AM

The Masks of David K. John

David John was born in 1963 and raised just east of the Hopi Mesas at Keams Canyon, Arizona. As a young boy, he was a favorite of his grandfather, who was a Navajo Medicine Man and revered by the Navajo people.

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Great to see old friend Bonnie Fragua

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 3:23 PM

Great to see old friend Bonnie Fragua

Old friends are special, especially when you haven’t seen them for a while. I had not heard from Bonnie Fragua for a couple of years, which I guess is true of a lot of our Native acquaintances.

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Necklaces from Zuni Pueblo

Saturday, July 17, 2021 12:26 PM

Necklaces from Zuni Pueblo

Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, there was a huge boom in interest in Southwestern Native American art, but mostly in Indian jewelry. Turquoise and silver were the rage and, while much of the jewelry sold at that time was mediocre, and a lot of it was never touched by an actual Native American.

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Old Style Navajo Jewelry by Fritson Toledo

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 4:23 PM

Old Style Navajo Jewelry by Fritson Toledo

Back in December, we featured a Navajo artist named Fritson Toledo who was making some incredible jewelry that looked like it could have come out of the early 1900s.

That is not easy to do.

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The Man Who Saved Nambé Pottery

Monday, June 21, 2021 9:19 AM

The Man Who Saved Nambé Pottery

The Nambé people made traditional pottery until the middle of the 20th century when it came close to dying out. Lonnie Vigil did not start out to revive the pottery arts of his village, in fact, he did his best to get away from the traditional life of the Pueblos.

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Modern Chief/Revival Weavings

Thursday, June 17, 2021 12:54 PM

Modern Chief/Revival Weavings

Prior to the 1880s nearly all Navajo weavings, except for saddle blankets, were made to wear. The Chief Blankets are the best known, but other styles consisting primarily of stripes of alternating colors, primarily blue and brown, were also popular. These were called Moki blankets. The origin of the word is not known.

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Petroglyphs in Sand

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 11:46 AM

Petroglyphs in Sand

Zachariah Ben just brought in a new selection of his work. Zachariah is the son of Joe Ben, Jr., who was one of the original Navajo artists to use sand painting in a contemporary manner.

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Toh-Atin Gallery Featured in Cowboys & Indians Magazine

For more than 20 years, Cowboys & Indians magazine has been one of the most popular publications for people who love and appreciate the Western and Native cultures. The magazine is so popular that people buy and sell past issues online.

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Zia Pueblo Painter Raphael Medina

Monday, June 7, 2021 5:08 PM

Zia Pueblo Painter Raphael Medina

The Pueblo of Zia is known for the beautifully decorated pottery produced in the village. It is one of the most recognizable styles of pottery from the many Pueblo villages along the Rio Grande. Not all Zia artistry is limited to pottery, however.

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