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The pottery on the left in this picture is Otis Wright's (Anglo) and his wife's, Margo, of Blanding, Ut. It is Anasazi replica pottery. Otis has always been fascinated in the Anasazi pottery that is in the local area and has been reproducing it for a number of years. The pots are cast and Otis made all of the molds himself following the shapes of original Anasazi pottery. The designs are all hand painted by Margo. The black pottery to the right in the picture is made by Fred Sakizzie (Navajo) also of Blanding. It is cast and has glazed design work by Fred. Fred and his brother Ben helped me finish the inside of our store and they also painted the sign around the top outside of the building (seen in the log-on picture). Also in this picture you can see a God's eye, Dye Chart, Sandpainting, Bow & Arrow Set, and a Dream Catcher.
The brown pottery in this picture is Navajo pitch pots. They are all hand made and most of the ones in the picture are of traditional shapes. They are of a coiled construction which is then smoothed and pit fired with pinion pitch for a glaze. Most of our pitch pots come from the Bartlett's, Judy Addison, and Helen Herder (all Navajo). The horse society staff on the wall and the purse are from Marlin Killsinsight (Lakota Sioux) who lives in Blanding with his wife Shirley (Navajo), who does beautiful beaded baskets. The cut-out cardboard animals are Navajo Folk Art by Mamie Deschillie and the small mud toys (center left) are made by Elsie Benally (both Navajo). The traditional sandpainting behind the mud toys is by Betty Vigil and the contemporary sandpainting below it was done by Tim Harvey (also both Navajo)
All of the pottery in this view is done by Curtis Yanito and Julia Blackhorse (Navajo). They start with a cast pot and hand carve designs (mostly petroglyphs) into the pot's surface. Next comes their beautiful one of a kind glaze and then the pots are fired. These pots are one of the most popular items in the store and the price range is from $6.00 for the smallest to $32.00 for the largest pot in the picture. They have a wonderful wood look to them. The name on the bottom, "Binishtaa", is their little girl's name which is their trade mark. The wood carvings in the picture are from Bernett Tohdacheeny from Sweetwater, AZ on the Navajo Nation. Bernie also has work on display in the Smithsonian Museum along with some of the other artists who have work in our store.
These are some of the Navajo rugs in our replica Navajo Hogan which serves as the rug room. Most of our rugs come from the northeast region of the Navajo Nation. From the Canyon De Chelly (Chinle, AZ.) area over to the Two Grey Hills area in New Mexico and from those two areas on up into the Utah Strip area of the Navajo Nation. All of our rugs are woven by Navajo weavers only. Normally we have many different patterns including Teece Nos Pos, Two Grey Hills, Yei-Be-Che, Chinle, Raised Outline, Pictorial, and Storm pattern rugs in stock. Be sure to check the "for sale" area on our site for rugs we offer for sale over the Internet. Most of our rugs are in the $100 to $2000 range. We understand the time that goes into these pieces of beauty and we try to keep the mark-up on the rugs as low as we can so we can sell a larger volume of rugs and help these weavers out by buying more rugs from them for resale.