Navajo Sandpaintings from the 1990s

Saturday, November 27, 2021 8:14 AM

Navajo Sandpaintings from the 1990s

The traditional Navajo sand paintings that are created by the Medicine Man (or Woman) in healing and blessing ceremonies are intricate and large, usually covering the floor of a hogan.

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Every Collector of Indian Jewelry Needs This Book

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 12:33 PM

Every Collector of Indian Jewelry Needs This Book

A Study of Navajo Concha Belts, one of the most impressive and beautiful books on handcrafted Navajo silver jewelry ever written, has recently been published by Don Richards and his wife, Karen.

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Delbert Buck's Navajo Folk Art

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 12:18 PM

Delbert Buck's Navajo Folk Art

For the past several years, we have been featuring the Navajo Folk Art of Delbert Buck.

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How Navajo Blankets Became Rugs

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 8:19 PM

How Navajo Blankets Became Rugs

The Navajo people wove wearing blankets for around 200 years. They have woven floor rugs for more than 100 years. Many of these pieces are currently displayed on walls as works of art, but the original intent was for them to be used on the floor.

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Navajo Ceremonial and Wedding Baskets

Friday, November 12, 2021 2:17 PM

Navajo Ceremonial and Wedding Baskets

Several years ago I was surprised to learn that baskets are one of the only art forms that can’t be made by a machine. Even the baskets you buy in a flower shop are made by someone, somewhere.

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Wisdom of a Navajo Medicine Man

Friday, November 5, 2021 1:48 PM

Wisdom of a Navajo Medicine Man

It’s a long way from San Francisco to the Navajo Nation, both in miles and culture.

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Artistic Freedom: Leland Holiday Opens Up!

Monday, November 1, 2021 11:34 AM

Artistic Freedom: Leland Holiday Opens Up!

I have found that when an artist does work that both resonates with the public and that the artist really likes, it usually sells. It’s a perfect combination. But sometimes, when an artist is very successful at doing a style for a while, they can experience a strong desire to do something completely different.

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A Thread Through Time

Friday, October 15, 2021 11:53 AM

A Thread Through Time

In a newsletter last week, I recommended an issue of Native American Art Magazine in which I wrote an article about the contemporary weaving path that a family from Burnham, New Mexico has taken.

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The Man Who Started the Practice of Collecting Katsina Dolls

The Kachina are considered to be spiritual beings. The members of the Kachina Societies dress themselves to resemble these beings. The clothing and mask designs have been handed down for centuries.

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A Small Treasure

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 11:31 AM

A Small Treasure

James King was a Navajo artist from Shiprock, New Mexico. He was obsessive about his painting and seldom took time away from it.

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American Turquoise: the Stones, the Miners, the Dealers, the Artists

Mike Ryan has spent years, working with his partner and co-author, Phillip Chambless, studying the magic blue stone that has been the hallmark of Indian jewelry in the Southwest.

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The Hopi Jeweler who wasn’t born a Hopi: Preston Monongye

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 10:42 AM

The Hopi Jeweler who wasn’t born a Hopi: Preston Monongye

When I was growing up and learning the Indian Arts and Crafts business, there were three Hopi artists that I remember the best.

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