|Mary Yazzie with Mother Earth Father Sky|
The second textile from our live auction is also a donation from Mark and Linda Winter of the Toadlena Trading Post. This piece is by Heber Johnson and features a large diamond pattern with an elaborate, interlocking design. A copy of The Master Weavers a beautiful book on the history of weaving at the Toadlena Trading Post along with a photograph of Johnson will be included with the textile.
|Heber Johnson with his weaving|
Our third weaving that is included in our live auction is a pre-1860 Rio Grande striped textile dyed with indigo. This historic piece was donated by the Frank Waters estate and was displayed in the famed Southwest writer's home.
As noted, the four textiles for our silent auction are also from the Frank Waters estate. The first three (pictured below) are from the Crystal Trading Post. This trading post was founded by J.B. Moore who developed a mail order catalogue of weavings in 1903 and again in 1911. Buyers could select the design that they wanted and a weaving would then be made to order. However, these three examples probably date after 1930 when the trading post had closed and the mail order operations were relocated to California.
Our last silent auction weaving comes from the Frank Waters estate and features valleros, or pointed star designs unique to northern New Mexico. All four of the silent auction and all three of the live auction textiles are on view at the museum. The silent auction pieces are available for purchase now for the retail estimate plus ten percent. To learn more about these or our other auction items, see our website.