Hopi Elder Lawrence Namoki

Saturday, May 1, 2021 4:45 PM

Hopi Elder Lawrence Namoki

In 2011, near the end of the Mayan Calendar, I ran into Lawrence Namoki while pumping gas into my car in Tuba City where the road intersects to take visitors south to the Hopi Mesa.

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She Saved 18 Lives

Saturday, April 24, 2021 4:14 PM

She Saved 18 Lives

The year was 1912 and conditions were critical at the Neglected Mine, high in the LaPlata Mountains of Southwest Colorado. Eighteen miners were stranded without food in freezing temperatures with ten feet of snow on the ground. The angel who came to save them was 5’4” tall and weighed about 130 pounds.

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Revival Weaving by Laverne Van Winkle

Thursday, April 22, 2021 3:51 PM

Revival Weaving by Laverne Van Winkle

Being a judge at the Gallup Ceremonial is a special honor. And not being discriminatory, I think that the weaving category is the most exciting.If you have been to the Santa Fe Indian Market, one of the things you will notice is that there are not many booths that feature Navajo weaving. That isn’t to say that some of the best weavers don’t show there. They do, but the number is limited.

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Persian Turquoise in a Navajo Squash Blossom

Saturday, April 10, 2021 3:31 PM

Persian Turquoise in a Navajo Squash Blossom

I believe that the Squash Blossom necklace is one the most beautiful jewelry designs in the history of the world!

How’s that for a strong opinion?

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Water Bird, Peyote Bird: The Evolution of Jewelry

Back in the ‘60s and early ‘70s, when there was an explosion of interest in Southwest Indian jewelry, the Pueblo of Zuni was a very busy place. Silver and lapidary artists made jewelry as fast as they could and still couldn’t satisfy the market.

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Juan Nakai

Saturday, April 3, 2021 1:57 PM

Juan Nakai

Today I am going to share a story with you about a man I never knew. He was a wonderful artist who captured the beauty of the Navajo reservation as well as anyone has.

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Native American Crosses

Friday, March 26, 2021 1:36 PM

Native American Crosses

When the Spanish came to the Southwest, their mission was the three Gs: Gold, Glory and God. They used to teach that in school!

Gold, and riches, were the number one objective for the conquistadors.

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A Child's Beaded Jacket and Purse by Juanita Longknife Lefthand Tucker

Barbara Wells had an unusual childhood. Her father, J.W. “Duke” Wellington, was the superintendent of the Fort Belknap/Rocky Boy Reservations from 1946 - 1954. The Fort Belknap Reservation is shared by two Native American tribes, the Gros Ventre and the Assiniboine, a tribe belonging to the linguistic family of the Sioux.

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How I Learned the History of Navajo Weaving

Thursday, March 11, 2021 12:44 PM

How I Learned the History of Navajo Weaving

Gilbert Maxwell’s book Navajo Rugs, Past, Present and Future, which was published in 1963, was my first introduction to reading about Navajo weaving. I was 20 years old and had grown up around weaving, so I had a basic understanding of the art form.

But I really didn’t have a clue about its history.

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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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