Maria and Julian Plates

Thursday, June 1, 2017 6:48 PM

Maria and Julian Plates

Today we are going to share a set of plates made by Maria and her husband, Julian, that are really unique. How unique? Well, what would you think if I told you that Maria made several sets of plates that were intended to be used as dinnerware?

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Navajo Rug Sale and Silent Auction - Salt Lake CIty

Saturday, June 3, 2017 12:03 PM

Navajo Rug Sale and Silent Auction - Salt Lake CIty

The Annual Navajo Weaving Sale and Silent Auction will be Saturday June 10, 2017 at the Museum of Natural History of Utah in Salt Lake City, Saturday.

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Mesa Verde: Saving a National Treasure

Friday, June 30, 2017 10:40 AM

Mesa Verde: Saving a National Treasure

The National Park System is 101 years old. I don't know about you, but throughout my life, some of my best experiences have been in National Parks. I am asking for your help in saving America's most unique National Park.

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Two Wonderful Yeibichai Weavings

Friday, June 30, 2017 12:02 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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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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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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Old Rugs (Almost) Never Die!

Monday, August 14, 2017 8:12 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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Rocks, Gems, Fossils, Jewelry and more in Denver this weekend!

Many of our customers have been to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show during the winter. It's a huge show that takes up the entire city. It's become so big and so spread out that it is really overwhelming.

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This Silversmith Does It All!

Friday, September 8, 2017 3:24 PM

This Silversmith Does It All!

The Fall Gallery Walk was founded in 1983 by the four original members of the Durango Gallery Association. Toh-Atin Gallery is the last one standing of the original group and we are happy that the Gallery Association continues to grow in both numbers and quality.

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Laverne Barber is Back, Better than Ever!

Thursday, September 28, 2017 12:03 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.

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Some People Don’t Like Snakes, but they have made this woman famous!

Effie Calavaza is a Zuni Silversmith whose work has captured the hearts of many collectors. She was born in 1928 and started making jewelry in the 1950’s. She is still doing some silver work although she has passed her designs down to her daughters.

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You Can't Make This Stuff Up!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 8:58 AM

You Can't Make This Stuff Up!

In 1973, I was driving our company vehicle, a Dodge Maxi-Van, on a trip through Colorado to sell jewelry and rugs to some of the stores in the Estes Park and Denver areas.

We were doing business out of the front of my Dad’s Pepsi plant in Durango. At the time, you could never have called us an “upscale” establishment, but we had great rugs and jewelry and people seemed to find us.

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