Yes, I freely admit it – pottery has always been my first love. I am fascinated by the traditional methods that Native American potters use to gather their clay, grind and sift it, create their amazing designs, paint the pots, and fire them. It is an extremely laborious process, and all too often we forget … Read More

Happy New Year, my dear friends and family! May you be blessed during the year with good tidings and joy! In mid-December, I had the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes construction tour of the new exhibit area in the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) in Santa Fe. This exhibit, which is about five … Read More

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As I write this, we have just finished our Thanksgiving dinner celebration and our attention is now turning to the traditional Holiday season. Thanksgiving is a uniquely American celebration, starting with the Native American tribes saving a starving colony of European immigrants. It has evolved into a time when we give thanks for the abundance … Read More

When tourists travel through the Santa Fe area, one stop is often to see the cliff dwellings at Bandelier National Monument. Run by the US Park Service, the cliff dwellings offer striking evidence of human habitation in the area going back over 11,000 years. These dwellings were created by the Ancestral Puebloans, the forefathers of … Read More

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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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Tribal Affiliation: Navajo (1965- Present) Vern Begaye is famous for his wonderful use of eye-dazzling materials in his marvelous jewelry. Raised on the Navajo Reservation, Vern comes from a family of artists. His parents, Jimmy and Ella Begaye were silversmiths. His mother is also a traditional Navajo rug weaver. He and his brothers Marco and [...]
(1964- Present) Pueblo: Ohkay Owingeh   Clarence Cruz is a traditional pottery artist who incorporates incised designs in the typical Ohkay Owingeh micaceous clay styles. He is known for using traditional methods to make authentic museum-quality pottery, and for teaching pottery-making to students of all backgrounds. He signs his pottery with his native name: Khuu [...]

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 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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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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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

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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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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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

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

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