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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Hopi and Zuni Katsina Dolls

Saturday, February 27, 2021 11:22 AM

Hopi and Zuni Katsina Dolls

If you are from the Denver area, and old enough, you might remember a time when the gift shop at the Denver Museum of Natural History had one of the finest selections of Native American Indian arts and crafts in the country. It’s now known as the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

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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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Former Country Rock Star Jimmy Poyer

Sunday, February 7, 2021 3:48 PM

Former Country Rock Star Jimmy Poyer

Toh-Atin Gallery has been working with Jimmy Poyer for over thirty years. Before that, he was the leader of the Jimmy Poyer Band and traveled all over the country playing country music.

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Bill Rabbit, Cherokee Artist (1946 - 2012)

Thursday, February 4, 2021 4:31 PM

Bill Rabbit, Cherokee Artist (1946 - 2012)

In 1974, a group of Indian arts dealers, along with a small number of artists, started the Indian Arts and Crafts Association to fight the misrepresentation of authentic American Indian art.

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Jicarilla Apache Baskets

Saturday, January 30, 2021 2:59 PM

Jicarilla Apache Baskets

The Western Apache excelled at making baskets of very fine weave and design. Their baskets are the finest of the Southwestern tribes.

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Charles Lovato, 1937 - 1988

Friday, January 22, 2021 5:10 PM

Charles Lovato, 1937 - 1988

Charles Lovato from the Kewa (Santo Domingo) Pueblo learned to make traditional jewelry at an early age and continued to make beautiful and unique pieces until his death at 51.

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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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Karl Nataani, Navajo Silversmith

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 11:54 AM

Karl Nataani, Navajo Silversmith

One of the nicest people I have met in the last few years is a silversmith named Karl Nataani. Karl is about my age, and lives on the Navajo reservation north of Winslow.

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Beaded Buckles

Monday, December 28, 2020 11:42 AM

Beaded Buckles

Many tribes have artists who make beaded buckles. Most of these are created by sewing buckskin, or another type of leather, over a brass buckle and then sewing the glass beads to the leather.

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Spiritual Sand Paintings by Zachariah Ben

Monday, December 21, 2020 11:27 AM

Spiritual Sand Paintings by Zachariah Ben

The art of Navajo Sand Painting has come a long way. There was a time in the 1960s and 1970s when the tourist market and the widespread interest in Indian arts and crafts was huge.

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