Friday, May 30, 2014

Father's Day is June 15!

For this Father's Day, show him you care with a gift as wonderful and unique as he is!

From handmade jewelry like belt buckles, bolo ties and cufflinks, to baskets, pottery, and more; you are sure to find the perfect gift for dad!

And now through June 15, order over $100 online and choose one of our Western National Parks books on Native Art! Each book is just under 50 pages with all color examples clearly explained.

Chose one of these great options, to give or to keep!

For hundreds of years, Hopi carvers have given expression to their ceremonial life through powerful, artistic sculptures known as katsina dolls. Colorful photography illustrates a sampling of the artistry associated with the details of individual katsina dolls. The book explains the evolution of technique, and touches on the exciting new directions modern Hopi artists are taking.

This guide to collectible Indian crafts features bright, clear photographs of work by Navajo, Zuni, Hopi, and Santo Domingo artists. Brief text details the meticulous tasks these artists perform to create a distinctively Southwestern style of wearable art.

Bright, clear photographs and concise descriptions of the collectible carvings of the Zuni people fill the pages of this guide. The badgers, bears, birds, and other creatures of the natural world, carved by Zuni artists for more than a millenium, are explained along with the relation to their living counterparts.

This guide describes and depicts the seventeen most common Navajo rug styles, and includes quotes by some of the finest weavers crafting rugs today. It also contains photos of rugs from Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site.

This guide includes color photographs and full descriptions of the eighteen most collectible pottery styles of the Southwest. The concise and informative text is supplemented by quotes from well-known potters.

The last in the series of guides to Indian arts of the Southwest. This book covers the history of Indian beadwork as well as modern examples.

Here are some gift ideas we think Dad will love!

Silver and turquoise bolo tie by Larry Joe (Navajo)
Silver & Turquoise Bolo Tie by Larry Joe (Navajo)

Miniature Pottery Seed Pot by Wallace Nez (Navajo)
Miniature Pottery Seed Pot by Wallace Nez (Navajo)

Silver Overlay Belt Buckle by Trinidad Lucas (Hopi)
Silver Overlay Belt Buckle by Trinidad Lucas (Hopi)

Silver & Inlay Cufflinks by Albert Nells (Navajo)
Silver & Inlay Cufflinks by Albert Nells (Navajo)

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Navajo Wedding Baskets

As in all cultures, weddings and the activities surrounding them are a very personal and preferential thing. This being said, some traditions are enduring, having been repeated time and time again. For the Navajo people, weddings have always been cause for celebration.  Within the Navajo culture, wedding baskets are symbolic and of great importance.

Coiled Medicine/ Wedding basket by Rose Johnson (Navajo)

It has been told, that the wedding basket was given to the Navajo people by the White Shell woman, while the ability to weave came from the Thunder.  The braided rim is believed to have come about when a Navajo woman fell asleep under a juniper tree; her unfinished basket in her lap.  It has been said that a small spring of the tree was tossed into her basket by the holy people, giving her the idea to finish the basket with a braided rim.    

Coiled Medicine/ Wedding basket by Natalie Edgewater (Navajo)

The Navajo Wedding basket is a coiled, woven basket made from willow, which is bundled together with stitching made from split willow or sumac. The typical coloring of the baskets are red, black, and white. Many of these colors come from natural dyes such as cochineal, bee plant or wild spinach. When the basket is in use, the opening or ‘spirit path’ faces to the east.

The design of the basket is deliberate and every bit holds significance. The white on the outside represents the outside world. The black on the outside embodies the rain clouds and the darkness, while the red pathway is for rainbows and sun rays.

The black on the inside represents the sacred mountains. There are four to six depicted, depending on the basket.  The scared mountains are as follows:

1.  Blanca Peak (Sisnaajiní) - EAST
2.  Mount Taylor (Tsoodził) - SOUTH 
3.  San Francisco Peaks (Dook’o’oosłiid) - WEST 
4.  Mount Hesperus (Dibé Nitsaa) - NORTH
5. El Huerfano (Dziłná’oodiłii) - DOORWAY
6.  Gobernador Knob (Ch’óol’í’í) - CHIMNEY
The white inside of the basket represents the Navajo people into the current fourth world.

Coiled Medicine/ Wedding basket by Ray Growler (Navajo)

The Navajo wedding basket is used in traditional wedding ceremonies.  One of the most common purposes is to serve corn meal as part of the ceremony. A mixture of corn meal (white to symbolize the male and yellow the female) are combined to represent a marriage bond.  The couple feed one another as a sign of their everlasting commitment to each other.  It is then passed around to the wedding guests, who partake in the symbolic sharing of corn meal. This ritual has been continue over the years and is still commonly practiced today.

A basket as rich in history, symbolism and value as these are considered one of the greatest legacies passed down through generations.  

Navajo Wedding Blessing

May you find the strength of an eagle’s wings,
And the courage and faith to soar to great heights,
And may you be granted the universal wisdom to
carry you there.


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Monday, May 5, 2014

Mother’s Day is May 11!

This Mother's Day show her you care with a gift that is as beautiful and one-of-a-kind as she is.

With our huge selection of hand made jewelry, baskets, pottery, rugs, folk, fine art there is something for everyone!

And now, for a limited time, order $200 online and receive a complimentary copy of our signature American Indian music CD, “Have You Heard”, which features a special compilation of beautiful Native music.

Here are some things Mom might like:

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