The Kokopelli Master Weaver from Two Grey Hills

Sunday, August 2, 2020 2:37 PM

The Kokopelli Master Weaver from Two Grey Hills

Esther Etcitty was born in 1944 in a traditional Navajo Hogan near Sanostee, New Mexico, about thirty miles southwest of Shiprock. The major trading posts for Navajo weaving in that area are Two Grey Hills and Toadlena.

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Monument Valley in Three Panels

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 9:49 PM

Monument Valley in Three Panels

Until 1983, we had not considered carrying work by non-Indian artists, but there was a woman in town whose work everyone in the family liked and we wanted her to be part of the gallery.

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Telling Stories with a Loom

Friday, May 22, 2020 8:27 AM

Telling Stories with a Loom

Navajo pictorial weaving has been around since the early 1900s. The original pieces were simple. Scenes of railroad trains were a popular early pattern in the rugs. Some weavers still create this type of pictorial.

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Weaving is Like Life

Sunday, May 3, 2020 7:54 AM

Weaving is Like Life

The Burnham weaving style would not have evolved without the determination of Anna Mae Barber. She is the oldest of the five sisters who created the weaving style. When their mother died, she took on the responsibility of raising the younger girls and taught them to weave. Anna Mae left a legacy of kindness and determination and love.

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Miniature Navajo Looms by Vercinda Begay

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 8:35 AM

Miniature Navajo Looms by Vercinda Begay

One of the happiest people that we work with is Vercinda Begay from Two Grey Hills. She has been weaving for over 20 years but is best known for her miniature looms with all the weaving tools and yarn.

These looms are built of cedar and finished to be great display pieces in your home.

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How Cozy McSparron went from Boxer to Indian Trader and the Weaving that started Sallie Lippincott on the road to Wide Ruins

In 1936, Sallie Wagner Lippincott and her husband Bill moved to the Navajo Reservation as National Park Service employees at Canyon de Chelly, Arizona. 

One of the first people they met was Leon Hugh (Cozy) McSparron who was the Indian Trader at the Thunderbird Ranch (which is now the Thunderbird Lodge and is owned by the Navajo Tribe) at the mouth of the Canyon.

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Two Beautiful Blankets based on the Durango Collection

Thursday, September 26, 2019 10:30 AM

Two Beautiful Blankets based on the Durango Collection

Many of you who follow our newsletter are aware that we are in Durango, Colorado, the home of Fort Lewis College and the Center of Southwest Studies.

The Center is the home of the Durango Collection, representing 800 years of weaving in the Southwest. It was put together by Mark Winter and Jackson Clark Sr. The living collection was donated to the Center by Richard and Mary Lynn Ballantine of Durango.

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The Story of the Wide Ruins Weaving

Saturday, September 14, 2019 2:51 PM

The Story of the Wide Ruins Weaving

“From Debutante to Indian Trader,” is the story of a woman born into a privileged life in Wheeling, West Virginia who ended up buying the Wide Ruins Trading Post in 1938, at the age of 32, and transformed the art of Navajo weaving.

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Mary Reid, a Ganado Weaver (1921 - 2004)

Saturday, July 13, 2019 8:08 AM

Mary Reid, a Ganado Weaver (1921 - 2004)

Prior to 1983, when we still operated our Navajo rug business out of the front office of our father’s Pepsi Cola business in Durango, it was a common sight to have a pickup truck pull up in front of the bottling plant and see an older Navajo woman emerge with a Navajo weaving rolled up in a Blue Bird flour sack.

When a weaver walked into my Dad’s office, everything else stopped. He would get everyone in the group a Pepsi and they would catch up on the family stories.

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An Incredible Large Rug from the Historic Gap Trading Post

North of Flagstaff, Arizona 85 miles and 45 miles south of Page on Highway 89 you will find “The Gap” Trading Post. It is situated deep into the Navajo Reservation and lies on a paved highway linking Northern Arizona and Lake Powell. 

It wasn’t always that accessible. 

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We'll See You in Salt Lake City!

Sunday, March 31, 2019 8:38 AM

We'll See You in Salt Lake City!

We are headed to the beautiful Natural History Museum of Utah this coming weekend for our annual Navajo Weaving Silent Auction and Sale and Trunk Show of Native American Jewelry!

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A Round Navajo Rug?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:35 AM

A Round Navajo Rug?

There are a few Navajo weavers who make round rugs. These weavings are not common as there are some challenges to creating one. Over the years, we have worked with several women who made them, but they have all passed on.

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