I grew up watching Roy Rodgers, Gene Autry and every other Western television star that could be found on the three stations we received on our black and white television.
Back then, I believed that Trigger actually showed up and pulled Roy out of a pit of quicksand when the cowboy in the fancy shirt that never lost his hat whistled for help, that cowboys spent their days riding horses, shooting bad guys and herding cattle and their nights sitting around the Bonanza ranch house with Ben Cartwright, or some other family patriarch.
Gene Autry and Roy Rogers
Of course, if you know and real cowboys, you know that is not really true. In fact, the story of the West, the Cowboy and the Native Americans who inhabited this part of the country is a lot more interesting than the Hollywood version.
So, a visit to the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City was always special. Outstanding art, exhibits of Western life, Cowboys and Indians, ranches and settlers and the lives they lived, are brought to life.
Today, the Museum has a new name to reflect the broad scope of it's collection and programs. It is now the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and we are proud to be presenting the Second Annual Silent Auction and Sale of Navajo weavings at the museum on Friday evening, April 21 and all day Saturday, April 22.
Bertha Harvey and her flag rug
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.
All of the weavings, ranging in price from $200.00 to $10,000.00, are available to be bid on in the silent auction. There is also a "Buy It Now" price for any pieces that have not had a bid placed on them. These weavings may be purchased at any time by paying 20 percent over the minimum bid, so if you are pressed for time, or don't want to take a chance on being outbid, this is your opportunity.
Between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm, I will be offering free educational evaluations for people who would like to bring their weavings to the museum. Please be sure the weavings have been vacuumed, (don't wash them!) before bringing them to the Museum.
At 1 pm, I will be giving a talk on the history of the Navajo people and their weaving tradition.
Our family team, my mother, Mary Jane, my sister, Antonia and my son, Ed and I will be on hand during the entire show to answer questions about the weavings in the Auction. Every purchase comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
We are really looking forward to this event and encourage any of you who have never been to this great American Museum to make the trip.
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