Santa Fe's Indian Market Week and What We Bring to the Party!

You can spin it anyway you want, but there is nothing like the third week in August in Santa Fe! The town is bustling with energy, and shows featuring the finest in Native American and tribal art are all over town. Every gallery, shop and museum is featuring their best and you get to rub shoulders with the nicest artists and friendliest people in the world!

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Two Wonderful Yeibichai Weavings

Friday, June 30, 2017 12:02 PM

Two Wonderful Yeibichai Weavings

Yei and Yeibichai rugs evolved at the beginning of the 1900s when traders were encouraging Navajo weavers to replace the old wearing blanket patterns with designs that the traders could sell to tourist outlets and department stores. Different styles, like Two Grey Hills, Ganado and Crystal developed around those trading post areas.

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Navajo Rug Sale and Silent Auction - Salt Lake CIty

Saturday, June 3, 2017 12:03 PM

Navajo Rug Sale and Silent Auction - Salt Lake CIty

The Annual Navajo Weaving Sale and Silent Auction will be Saturday June 10, 2017 at the Museum of Natural History of Utah in Salt Lake City, Saturday.

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Shonto Begay, Painting Navajo Life and Making it Universal

The first time I really took the time to look at Shonto Begay's work was in the 1980s when I was judging Navajo weaving at the Santa Fe Indian Market. Back in those days, and really, still today, there are not many Navajo weavings entered at the Market. 

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Spring Gallery Walk Friday May 12

Monday, May 8, 2017 8:14 AM

Spring Gallery Walk Friday May 12

Durango master leatherworker and silversmith Eric Hodges will be featured at Toh-Atin Gallery for the Spring Gallery Walk on Friday May 12. 

 

Eric is well known in Durango for his outstanding creations in hand crafted leather, from coats to packs to purses to knife sheaths. 

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Annual Navajo Rug Auction in Oklahoma City April 21-22, 2017

I grew up watching Roy Rodgers, Gene Autry and every other Western television star that could be found on the three stations we received on our black and white television.

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Transitional Period Weavings

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 3:22 PM

Transitional Period Weavings

One of the most interesting periods in the history of Navajo weaving began in the 1880s and went through the first decade of the 1900s. It is called the Transitional era because it marked the switch between the weaving of wearing blankets by Navajo women to weavings intended for sale.

The evolution to the commercial marketing of Navajo weaving actually began in 1882 when the railroad reached Gallup. For the first time there was a way to transport goods back to the East. The trading post owners were quick to realize the economic benefits that would accompany this potential new market for Navajo weaving.

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Navajo Weaving and the American Flag

Monday, August 15, 2016 3:33 PM

Navajo Weaving and the American Flag

The Harvey family lives north of Window Rock, Arizona, the Navajo Nation Capital. I don’t know when my Dad met them, but I don’t think I remember a time when he wasn’t buying weavings from Esther Harvey, the mother and head of the family.

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A Real Navajo Rug

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 1:48 PM

A Real Navajo Rug

One of my favorite events is when someone walks in the gallery and says something like, “Do you have any real Navajo rugs?”

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Learning About Anthony Tallboy

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 2:16 PM

Learning About Anthony Tallboy

Navajo weaver and Medicine Man Anthony Tallboy came to the gallery yesterday with a beautiful Storm pattern. We had been expecting him. He called on Friday to say he would have the weaving done by Monday. After he called, I started thinking about how long I’d known Anthony.

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Navajo Rug Sale and Silent Auction, Saturday in Salt Lake City

On Saturday, June 18, Toh-Atin Gallery will be traveling to Utah for our Annual Silent Auction and Sale of over 150 Navajo weavings. It will be a fun and interesting day at one of the most beautiful museums in the country.

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The Perfect Gift for anyone who loves Navajo weavings!

Sunday, December 20, 2015 3:32 PM

The Perfect Gift for anyone who loves Navajo weavings!

Mae was born around 95 years ago. Even she does not know for sure how old she is because no one recorded the date when she was born.

We do know that she has been at it a long time!

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