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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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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She Saved 18 Lives

Saturday, April 24, 2021 4:14 PM

She Saved 18 Lives

The year was 1912 and conditions were critical at the Neglected Mine, high in the LaPlata Mountains of Southwest Colorado. Eighteen miners were stranded without food in freezing temperatures with ten feet of snow on the ground. The angel who came to save them was 5’4” tall and weighed about 130 pounds.

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Revival Weaving by Laverne Van Winkle

Thursday, April 22, 2021 3:51 PM

Revival Weaving by Laverne Van Winkle

Being a judge at the Gallup Ceremonial is a special honor. And not being discriminatory, I think that the weaving category is the most exciting.If you have been to the Santa Fe Indian Market, one of the things you will notice is that there are not many booths that feature Navajo weaving. That isn’t to say that some of the best weavers don’t show there. They do, but the number is limited.

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How I Learned the History of Navajo Weaving

Thursday, March 11, 2021 12:44 PM

How I Learned the History of Navajo Weaving

Gilbert Maxwell’s book Navajo Rugs, Past, Present and Future, which was published in 1963, was my first introduction to reading about Navajo weaving. I was 20 years old and had grown up around weaving, so I had a basic understanding of the art form.

But I really didn’t have a clue about its history.

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The World's Biggest Navajo Rug

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:14 PM

The World's Biggest Navajo Rug

This weaving was owned by the Hubbell Trading Company’s wholesale house in Winslow, Arizona. J.L. Hubbell Jr. owned this company and operated between 1924 and 1953.

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Mystery Solved!

Sunday, February 14, 2021 4:02 PM

Mystery Solved!

Last year we had the opportunity to accept a group of Navajo weavings from a family in Oregon. They had been passed down from a grandfather who had driven a truck in the 1920s on the Navajo Reservation delivering goods to trading posts. The design on one of the pieces was particularly interesting.

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Yei and Yeibichai Weavings: Depictions of the Holy People

One of the most popular regional styles of Navajo weaving has always been the Yei and Yeibichai. These weavings emerged from the Shiprock, New Mexico area after the turn of the 1900s when weavers began putting the figures of Deities from the traditional sand painting ceremonies in their rugs.

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Save a Navajo Rug. Buy a Purse!

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 12:06 PM

Save a Navajo Rug. Buy a Purse!

If you have followed our newsletters for very long, you have read my belief that I never saw a Navajo rug I didn’t like.  Well, it really is true.

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How Navajo Artists Look at Their Work

Monday, November 16, 2020 9:30 AM

How Navajo Artists Look at Their Work

“It’s the process of creating that is most important.”  This was an idea that I learned from Dr. Ann Hedlund, one of the most recognized experts on Navajo weaving.

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The Legacy of Ella Rose Perry

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:48 PM

The Legacy of Ella Rose Perry

We have been privileged to know and work with Ella for over 50 years. She was a dear friend and an artist whose work inspired many. Her quick smile and wonderful laugh immediately brought sunshine to wherever she was.

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It Wasn't the Trader, It Was the Weaver!

Thursday, September 17, 2020 5:32 PM

It Wasn't the Trader, It Was the Weaver!

I don’t know if you have ever had something that just won’t leave your thoughts, but for me this week it has been all about Storm Patterns.

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