to our Owners Gallery! On these pages you will get to see how other afficionados
are displaying the art they love in their homes, at work, or on their person.
If you have any pieces of Native American art you have bought from us or others
over the years and would like to share how you live with your treasures, just
send us a print of at least 4" x 6" dimensions or e-mail
us a digital image. Let us know why they are so special to you, where
you are, and anything else you would like to share. Then, just sit back and
wait for the jealousy to begin! We hope you enjoy seeing how others display
their pieces, and maybe see something you have not come across before. A sincere
thank you to those who are willing to share a part of their lives with us
all. Check back periodically as we will change this page from time to time
so we can accomodate everyone's bragging rights.
|Carol & Tim in California
"We’ve been collecting for years and the result is bankruptcy. We either must stop, or buy a bigger house, as we no longer have room to display even the smallest of treasures. We both enjoy the “Living with Art” section at Twin Rocks Trading Post and thought we’d join in the fun.
We have a fairly good size goat herd now, but we’ve had trouble with Mary, our only lamb. She says the goats smell bad and they’re not house-broken. Barry & Steve did not mention any of these difficulties when we adopted our first goat. This is what is called salesmanship in Utah.
Up until our last trip, we had limited our horizons to rugs, jewelry and the ever-wonderful pitch-pots of Etta Rock. But Barry introduced us to pottery and so now we are falling down a hopeless spiral of pot addiction (not the weed, which would have been more economical).
Best Regards from California and we hope everyone enjoys our “art”. "
Here is a picture of the wonderful Peggy Black basket that my husband and I recently bought at Twin Rocks. As you can see it has found a home on our mantle along with a portion of a collection we inherited from a dear family friend, Amy Barber. She and her sister Carolyn were rock hounds and they collected these baskets and pieces of pottery on trips to Arizona and New Mexico during the 1960’s. When I was a young girl they would take me along to rock shows and must have instilled a love of the southwest in this city girl. Now in my 50’s I find myself drawn to the Navajo reservation and the pueblos of northern New Mexico. While participating in a Navajo weaving workshop in Window Rock I found out about the Twin Rocks Trading Post in Bluff, UT; and made a special trip to Bluff just to visit. When I saw the beautiful work of Peggy Black I couldn’t leave without this incredible Yei and Turtle Medicine Basket. I’m happy to say that it seems happy and very at home with it’s older relatives on the mantle of my home in Oceanside, CA.
and Mary in Tennessee
Indian art collection started in 1986 with a vacation trip to New Mexico
and the purchase of 10 Pueblo pots. Since then it has grown to 220 pottery
items, 105 fetishes, nearly 50 pieces of beadwork and 10 Navajo rugs.
We make a trip to the Southwest each year, attending the Eight Northern
Pueblos Arts and Crafts show and visiting different galleries and shops
to find new pieces. When we retire from teaching, maybe we can manage
more than one collecting trip per year."
and Vivian in Texas
the beautiful Betty Manygoats bowl. Here is our collection of Betty's
B. Cly basket.
and Larry in Georgia
"Many of our pieces of Native American art have
been purchased at Twin Rocks. Upon entering our bedroom, our refuge,
we are reminded of the American West--our favorite part of the country.
We also appreciate the many man (or woman) hours that go into the making
of each piece and the skill with which each work of art is fashioned.
One of our favorite pieces, because of the artists' historical significance,
is the Squash Blossom basket by Mary Holiday Black. It is located to
the left above the triple windows. To the right of Mary Holiday Black's
basket is a small rug woven by Shanana Warren when she was only sixteen
years old. It makes us happy to know that the traditional arts are being
passed on to talented young artisans. We also enjoy the humor associated
with the more modern style of carvings of the road runner and the cow.
in New Jersey
"Though I have fetishes, rugs, baskets (including
one purchased on a visit to Twin Rocks trading post in 2001), jewelry
and kachina dolls, obviously the major portion of the collection, and
my passion, is pottery, and mostly Hopi at that.
The pics just show a portion of the 650+ pieces I currently have, but
I thought you might be interested in seeing what is quite possibly one
of the largest private collections of pueblo pottery in, of all places,
New Jersey. "
"Here are some photos of weavings I have purchased
from you. My wife and I have a dedicated rug room in our basement/family
room. Although here in Michigan we generally don't worry about bright
Rosita Nakai - Rainbow Storm Rug
Nellie Curley rug over couch and Louise Harvey, Storm rug on
Rosita Nakai - Teec/Storm rug
"Most of the rugs and baskets were bought from
you folks along with the many fetishes on the table. The rifle hanging
on the fireplace is a trophy rifle that is dedicated to Cochise - Chief
fo the Chiricahua Apache. The trophy rifle under the sandpainting is
dedicated to the legends of the Old West. Both rifles are carved in
24K gold and both are workable.
The steer head on the fireplace has been carved like Scrimshaw from
Alaska. The oil paintings are by my aunt Sue Stephens."
"Am sending a picture of two of my most favorite
purchases from Twin Rocks. They are Peggy Black baskets, usually displayed
behind glass but would not photograph well that way.
They are, to us, symbolic of our Navajo friends in Chinle, who we became
acquainted with through Futures for Children with the sponsorship of
the eldest daughter. The baskets come to life for us with the larger
one re-presenting the parents or grandparents of the six children, who
are woven into the smaller basket. The two baskets sit on a small rug
that Earlene's grandmother made. We look at these baskets and feel the
beauty and harmony of the Navajo way."
"I see that you featured my dad's (Rob in TX)
home in Living With the Art! Awesome!
I've really enjoyed this new feature. I love home decorating, collecting,
and seeing how others have displayed their treasures.
Our "cottage" home was built in 1940. The exterior is Tudor style, and
one might never guess that inside we've decorated with reminders of
the beautiful desert southwest and Mexico."
in the computer room"
carvings by Matthew Yellowman. As these were much too delicate
to withstand shipment, my parents made a special trip to Bluff
to pick them up for me."
also enjoy Mexican folk art. The small pot is Acoma."
by David Johns."
the mantle is my first Navajo basket, obtained on my first visit
to Twin Rocks Trading Post. The photo is from the 1920s - a
Hopi basketmaker. My dad, Rob from Texas, crafted the beautiful
photographs by the late Senator Barry Goldwater."
by Potawotami artist Matthew Bearden. This, and the following
canvas paintings, hang in our "tv" room. "
by Eileen Paquin, wife of Allenroy Paquin - well-known Jicarilla
Apache/Zuni performing artist."
painting by Matthew Bearden."
art in the photos are THE accent pieces in our home. Each one seems
(to us) to have just been made for the places where they are lovingly
displayed and admired. It is a delight to my soul each and every day...
reminding me of many wonderful days in the SE Utah / NE Arizona area!"
the music room is a magnificent mask made by a Pawnee gentleman,
Austin Real Rider. Under the mask are a Rena Juan folk art piece
as well as an early 20th Century Hopi basket."
of the pieces of which we are most proud is the Navajo rug which
hangs on the back wall of the breakfast area. The appraiser
dated this rug to pre-1915 and given the wear "holes,"
it was obviously a "user".
painting is an original oil by Navajo artist Allen Bahe. The
painting is titled "Storm Clouds over Shonto.""
"photo" over the fireplace is an Edward Curtis original gravure,
and Anita in California
baskets in our master bedroom are our favorites. .
in New Mexico
at the belt I realized that it was indeed one of a kind with its own
character even before I learned its history. The belt's general design
may not be necessarily unique, but the workmanship tells me that it
is one of a kind. It was obviously hand tooled from memory with slight
deviations in its patterns and spacing of the butterflies and conchos.
There is very good selections and sizing of the stones and the buckle
is well proportioned to the rest of the belt. It was worn but well cared
for. The belt seems to have been designed for a female although it fits
my waist perfectly. However it seemed to speak to me, a male. I have
a small collection of concho belts (some more elaborate) but this is
the only one that I have actually worn. It is displayed "up front"
with my other belts.
This belt was owned by Peter Holiday (Elsie Holiday's husband),
he inherited it from his father Teddy Holiday who was a prominent
medicine man in Monument Valley up until his death in 1993,
he was approximately 90 years old. As close as we can tell the
belt was made in the late 1940s and was given to Teddy as payment
for a ceremony sometime in the 50's.
in New York
live daily with these works by some truly great artists: the very best
from Matthew Yellowman, Marvin Jim, Rena Juan, Johnson Antonio, Harrison
Juan, Mary Holiday Black, Peggy Black, Delbert Buck, Martha Arquero...they
add endless beauty to our lives!"
in New York
only picture in which the items were arranged differently from the way
they are all the time is the one of the necklaces, which I do not keep
out on display because we live half a block from the elevated subway,
and the dust is fierce. I wear them all and frequently. The overall
reddish cast is the reflected color of my darkroom walls, against which
the picture was taken."
Twin Rocks Trading Post