A Few Thoughts on the Basics of Southwestern Basket Making

Basket making was one of the earliest skills developed, since baskets were needed for carrying goods, for storage, for trapping and fishing, and for religious ceremonies.  Unlike pottery, baskets do not survive for extended periods of time.  Most that are available today were constructed in the last 120 years, particularly after native people in the [...]

A Brief Look at Textiles of the American Southwest

Chimayo Weaving Style The New Mexico Chimayó style of weaving is characterized by two stripes running width-wise with a design, usually triangular, in the center. It is just one of the many styles of Rio Grande weaving developed over 400 hundred years ago by the people who settled in New Mexico bringing their churro sheep [...]

A Brief Introduction to Kachinas/Katsinas

One of the most fascinating collections of katsinas that I have ever seen is that of Roger Thomas and his late wife Elaine.  The historic Inn of Halona in the heart of the Zuni Pueblo has a large meeting room, just filled with hundreds of magnificent katsinas collected by Roger and Elaine over many decades.  [...]

Some Thoughts on Collecting Original Works of Art and Signed Limited Edition Prints

What is the secondary art market? It is a group of dealers and individuals who buy and offer for sale prints after an image is sold-out by the publisher. The Dancing Rabbit Gallery is a secondary market for Native American Indian limited editions prints, as well as original artwork and artist's proofs and printers proofs.. [...]

A Look At Zuni Fetish Carvings

Zuni fetishes are small stone animal carvings that are made by the talented artisans of Zuni Pueblo.  In the Zuni culture, the fetish carvings represent the animal spirit thought to reside in the stone. Initially fetishes were likely found stones that had the rudimentary shape of an animal.  Arrowheads were placed on the stones with [...]

A Guide to Native American Indian Jewelry

Native American Indians have been wearing and making jewelry for personal adornment long before the first Europeans reached North America. Southwest Native American jewelry made with silver began with the introduction of European metal-working. Before this time, jewelry was made with natural resources, such as turquoise, shells, stones, wood and bones. Before this period, jewelry [...]

Collecting Pueblo Pottery Doesn’t Have to be Intimidating

One of the most striking characteristics of Pueblo Indian pottery is its variety. Variations of texture, color, form and style of decoration seem to be almost endless. This diversity is one of the qualities of Pueblo Indian pottery that tends to appeal to collectors—even a small collection can have amazing variety. The rich differences that [...]