Volcanoes in The American Southwest

In the news, we often see stories of volcanic eruptions along the Pacific Ocean “Ring of Fire,” or in areas like the Big Island of Hawaii or Iceland, where active volcanoes continue to bring fiery magma to the surface and devastate the surrounding land. We don’t often hear about volcanoes in the American Southwest, as … Read More

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Glass – A “New” Sculptural Media for Native American Artists

Glass blowing is not a particularly new art form. In fact, historians can trace the origin of modern glass blowing back two thousand years or more, starting in the Middle East and throughout the Mediterranean civilizations. Even earlier, glass beads were created almost 5000 years ago on the subcontinent of India. There are two main … Read More

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The Zia Sun Symbol

The State of New Mexico has a somewhat unusual State flag, in that it consists solely of a yellow background with the Zia sun symbol on it. I can’t think of another State that has only a single Native American symbol adorning its flag. The history of this symbol goes back many thousands of years, … Read More

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A Gala Night With The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

For the past seventeen years, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) in Santa Fe has hosted an Indian Market called Native Treasures. Each year, they select a prominent Native American artist as a Living Treasure, and honor that person with an individual exhibit. In normal years, a small group of outstanding Native American … Read More

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The Graceful Art of Hoop Dancing

A few weeks ago, Michael and I loaded Tanner the fluffy puppy into our SUV and headed down to the Santa Fe Plaza for a hoop dancing exhibition. The group, headed by eminent Hopi jeweler Steve LaRance and his son Cree LaRance, agreed to a performance for tourists and locals alike. The dancers were learning … Read More

Innovations From The Audience

For the past two months, we have had the opportunity to showcase the tremendous talent of Navajo painter David K. John with an exhibition on our website. Because of this exhibition, and the resulting media coverage it has received, David has received a lot of highly supportive feedback regarding his work. Your feedback has sparked … Read More

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Singing Mothers and Storytellers

At the end of the 19th century, railroad expansion throughout the Southwest brought quite a few tourists to the New Mexico area. Those tourists found exciting new cultures in the pueblos and tribes that lived in the area, and often stopped to chat, take photographs, and purchase souvenirs. Enterprising Native American artists took note of … Read More

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The Twentieth Pueblo

Those who frequent the New Mexico area, or are knowledgeable about the pueblos of New Mexico, are very familiar with the 19 active pueblos in the State. From Zuni to the far west all the way up to Taos in the northern mountains, these pueblos have been around for many years. In fact, Zuni and … Read More

An Online Exhibition – The Art of David K. John

Beginning in the middle of March, The Dancing Rabbit Gallery is presenting an online exhibition of the art of David K. John.  He is an internationally recognized, very talented Navajo painter. Over the past 30 years, David’s style has evolved to where his work is immediately recognized by a large group of international art collectors. … Read More

Behind The Scenes At Pojoaque Pueblo

The Pojoaque Pueblo may be best known today for the Poeh Cultural Center, a magnificent well-curated museum and education center owned and operated by the pueblo. Located about 15 miles north of Santa Fe, the Poeh (in normal years) attracts a broad spectrum of visitors who are able to learn more about the daily lives … Read More

The Long History of Bronze Sculptures

Primitive man discovered the making of bronze roughly 5000 years ago. This ushered in the third major development cycle, following the Old Stone Age and the New Stone Age. Making bronze was developed in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Bronze tools and weapons soon replaced the stone tools and weapons widely used, and ushered … Read More

Beginning A New Chapter of The Dancing Rabbit Gallery

Mother Earth has completed another journey around the sun, and the Year of The Dancing Rabbit has come to a close. We thank each of you for celebrating our 40th birthday with us, and hope that you enjoyed some of the festivities that we prepared for you. Birthdays are a time of reflection on the … Read More

Nacimientos and Family

At this time of year, thoughts begin to turn toward the end of year celebrations observed by most faiths around the world. Christmas is a popular celebration in the Western world, and has been for almost two thousand years. We all know the story of a father and expectant mother, traveling through the winter storms … Read More

A Time of Transition

Fall represents a time of transition for Mother Earth, as the crops mature and are harvested, as the trees prepare for the long winter ahead, and as her forest creatures plan and brace for the cold and snow. Earlier this week, we received a lovely welcome to Santa Fe, with a foot of snow deposited … Read More

We Are All One People

This month, on Monday, October 12, we again celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, a rapidly growing celebration around the United States to recognize a small but highly significant portion of our population, Native Americans. Several states and many large municipalities have recognized this day as an official holiday, and there is a growing movement to make … Read More