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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Florence Riggs' Tree of Life

Friday, September 3, 2021 11:24 AM

Florence Riggs' Tree of Life

Florence Riggs is widely recognized as one of the premier weavers of Navajo pictorial scenes. She comes from a great weaving family. Louise Nez is her mother and Linda Nez is her sister. Both are exceptional weavers.

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Klagetoh Trading Post Wasn't Owned by Hubbell After All!

I learned something doing research for this newsletter. I don’t know how many times I heard my father say in different talks that Klagetoh Trading Post was owned by Don Lorenzo Hubbell, the man who owned the Hubbell Trading Post in Ganado and more than a dozen other posts.

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Earl Biss and the Energy of Moving Paint

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 9:47 AM

Earl Biss and the Energy of Moving Paint

This man stands out among Native American artists as one of the groundbreakers, one who created something special, new and different.

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The Masks of David K. John

Saturday, August 7, 2021 9:35 AM

The Masks of David K. John

David John was born in 1963 and raised just east of the Hopi Mesas at Keams Canyon, Arizona. As a young boy, he was a favorite of his grandfather, who was a Navajo Medicine Man and revered by the Navajo people.

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Great to see old friend Bonnie Fragua

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 3:23 PM

Great to see old friend Bonnie Fragua

Old friends are special, especially when you haven’t seen them for a while. I had not heard from Bonnie Fragua for a couple of years, which I guess is true of a lot of our Native acquaintances.

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Necklaces from Zuni Pueblo

Saturday, July 17, 2021 12:26 PM

Necklaces from Zuni Pueblo

Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, there was a huge boom in interest in Southwestern Native American art, but mostly in Indian jewelry. Turquoise and silver were the rage and, while much of the jewelry sold at that time was mediocre, and a lot of it was never touched by an actual Native American.

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