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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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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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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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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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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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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