The Kokopelli Master Weaver from Two Grey Hills

Sunday, August 2, 2020 2:37 PM

The Kokopelli Master Weaver from Two Grey Hills

Esther Etcitty was born in 1944 in a traditional Navajo Hogan near Sanostee, New Mexico, about thirty miles southwest of Shiprock. The major trading posts for Navajo weaving in that area are Two Grey Hills and Toadlena.

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Beautiful Navajo Child

Thursday, July 23, 2020 10:56 AM

Beautiful Navajo Child

Some artists can capture a person as well as a photograph does, but because of the artist’s control of the surroundings and light, the painting better controls our focus and captures the imagination.

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The Miniature Clown Painter of San Ildefonso

Friday, July 17, 2020 10:35 AM

The Miniature Clown Painter of San Ildefonso

J.D. Roybal (1922-1978) was an artist with a great deal of talent and a sense of humor. His favorite subject was what the Tewa Pueblo people call the Kossa Clown, figures that are considered something like Court Jesters in the Kiva religion.

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Arthur C. Begay, An Artist Few People Knew

Saturday, July 11, 2020 10:11 AM

Arthur C. Begay, An Artist Few People Knew

Most Native American painters today are easy to track down and find information about. They tend not to be shy about recognition or fame. Early on, that was not always true.

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Stamping Jewelry in Copper and Silver

Monday, June 29, 2020 9:23 AM

Stamping Jewelry in Copper and Silver

A few weeks ago, we had a newsletter about the inlay work of Navajo artist Sylvana Apache. She and her husband, Randy Secatero, are also accomplished traditional silversmiths.

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The Story of the Navajo Raven and Friends

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 6:39 AM

The Story of the Navajo Raven and Friends

An Artist’s inspiration can come from anywhere, it’s a matter of looking at the world and letting your imagination go. One Saturday, while working on some canvases as his two young boys watched television, Leland Holiday glanced at the screen and saw Bugs Bunny with a blanket wrapped around him.

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Kokopelli, Deity of Fertility, Carrier of Songs, Traveling Salesman

Three thousand years ago on a rock panel in the American Southwest, the figure of a flute player with either a humped back or a bag on his back, was carved for the first time in a remote canyon. Over the years, the figure has shown up over a wide area of the Southwest in many different canyons, on the walls of caves and cliff dwellings.

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Real Indian Jewelry by Ray Lovato

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 8:24 AM

Real Indian Jewelry by Ray Lovato

A favorite artist of just about everyone is Santo Domingo jeweler, Ray Lovato. Over the years, I’ve written several newsletters about him. One of the best newsletters, in my humble opinion, described a great afternoon that I spent with Ray in a Walmart parking lot trading turquoise for jewelry.

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Monument Valley in Three Panels

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 9:49 PM

Monument Valley in Three Panels

Until 1983, we had not considered carrying work by non-Indian artists, but there was a woman in town whose work everyone in the family liked and we wanted her to be part of the gallery.

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Telling Stories with a Loom

Friday, May 22, 2020 8:27 AM

Telling Stories with a Loom

Navajo pictorial weaving has been around since the early 1900s. The original pieces were simple. Scenes of railroad trains were a popular early pattern in the rugs. Some weavers still create this type of pictorial.

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Weaving is Like Life

Sunday, May 3, 2020 7:54 AM

Weaving is Like Life

The Burnham weaving style would not have evolved without the determination of Anna Mae Barber. She is the oldest of the five sisters who created the weaving style. When their mother died, she took on the responsibility of raising the younger girls and taught them to weave. Anna Mae left a legacy of kindness and determination and love.

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The Zuni Fetish Necklace

Monday, April 13, 2020 7:16 AM

The Zuni Fetish Necklace

Southwestern Indian tribes have long incorporated stone and shell carvings resembling animals in their religious beliefs. These fetishes are objects in which a spirit is thought to reside, and they can be used to aid the person who owns and cares for it.

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