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About The Dancing Rabbit Gallery        Our Background and Story

The Dancing Rabbit Gallery legacy continues…

Since my parents began the gallery in 1980, my family has had an opportunity to expand our deep and passionate love of Southwestern Native American art and artifacts.  Four generations of my family, starting with my great-grandmother in the 1920's, have traveled to the Southwest and embraced the history and culture of the Native American peoples in their paintings, pottery, baskets, weavings,  and of course, jewelry.  The first acquisition (of which we have records) was a piece of pottery purchased from Maria Martinez in 1934.

Summer vacations always found my family visiting with relatives in Oklahoma and spending time traveling  and exploring  the Southwest - New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and Utah. I grew up surrounded by the wonderful pieces my parents purchased and collected from their friends at the pueblos, from interesting out-of-the-way shops, and from various museum collections.  I eagerly read the books in my mother’s library about the people, the pueblos, and the history of the American Southwest. While attending Oklahoma State University, I included American Indian literature in my studies.  Since that time, my own reference library has grown to several hundred volumes, which I use extensively in researching new acquisitions.

I am proud to continue in my parents’ footsteps by offering quality artifacts from their private collection, as well as beautiful items from both historic and current artists.  We continue to locate additional items from estate sales and other sources as well.  I hope you will find many items of educational interest, as well as significant pieces to add to your collection.  And if you don't find what you are seeking with us, let us know and we will try to connect you with one or more reputable gallery owners who may have that item.

Recently Michael and I published our first book about the culture, art, and people of the Southwest. Tales of the Dancing Rabbit recounts our adventures out and about visiting with artists in the pueblos, enjoying museums and historical sites, as well as a few family memories.  It offers a unique opportunity to learn more about a fascinating culture and people in 84 short stories and over 150 color photographs.  The book is available on Amazon or directly from our Gallery, as well as at several Southwestern outlets.

 


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