Sunday, June 24, 2007

See Bandelier - while it's still there

Bandelier National Monument has been on the US Department of Interior's list of vanishing treasures since 1999. It is in good company, sharing that distinction with Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and Chaco Canyon.

Pueblo, originally with 400 or more rooms, in in Now conservators are struggling to save the ancient Bandelier dwellings, particularly at TyuonyiFrijoles Canyon.

Throughout the canyon, "cavates" (a contraction of cave and excavation) are apparent. The cavates include evidence remaining from the placement of wood looms, ash-filled cook pits, nichos and largely deteriorated colored plasters, petroglyphs and pictographs.

You can still see these remarkable structures from an earlier time, when the ancestors of Native American aborigines lived here, at Bandelier National Monument. But for how long?

Soon you can fly to Santa Fe Indian Market

It may be a while before you can get directly to Santa Fe via long range carrier. Probably not in time for this year's Indian Market.

But the Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the FAA has certified the Santa Fe airport to handle larger planes.

Up till now, there has been a 30-passenger restriction on aircraft flying into Santa Fe airport. As a result, most commercial flights into Santa Fe were commuter airlines, principally connecting from Albuquerque and Denver.

Of course, local residents have objected to the certification on the basis that planes flying over their homes are noisy. On the other hand, a survey of 31 major economic influences in the region showed an overall positive response to upgrading the airport.

A few years ago, my son, Randy Waites, was involved with a car rental firm at Santa Fe airport and had to contend with the limitations on service.

Who knows? In a year or two, flights into Santa Fe for Indian Market and other events may be coming from more distant points, eliminating the need to connect through Albuquerque and Denver.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

New Navajo Folk Art Carvings at

A handful of new folk art carvings by Navajo Matthew Yellowman have been added to the selections available at We're showing a sampling of the new pieces here. Yellowman's work is distinctive in its excellent attention to detail combined with a vibrant sense of humor.

This hand-carved and hand-painted owl stands in moccasins.
This roadrunner in sneakers makes a jog in the desert look like fun.
Lots of folks are attracted to ravens. This one is very attractive.

This rooster is typical of Yellowman's to-crow-about work.

See more of Matt's colorful work at TribalWorks now. And visit our other web sites for authentic Zuni and other tribal fetish carvings at ZuniLink ; beautiful, conversation-worthy Native American jewelry at Native-JewelryLink and elegant, hand-built Native American Pueblo Pottery at Native-PotteryLink.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

And the Native American Festivals keep coming.

June 23-24, 2007 - Indianapolis Eiteljorg Museum is staging its 15th Annual Indian Market. More than 140 artists from 60 different Native American tribes will display and offer for sale their works of art. There will be a preview party on Friday night. For more information, call 317-2775-1360 or visit the web site at this link.

June 29-July 1, 2007 74th Annual Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture, Flagstaff, AZ. Fifty-five booths will offer examples of native jewelry, artwork, pottery, baskets, textiles and more.

June 30-July 1, 2007 – Native Art Show and Sale at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) in Albuquerque, NM.

July 8-13, 2007 Idyllwild Native American Arts Festival, Idyllwild, CA.

July 14-15, 2007 10th Annual Prescott Indian Art Market, Prescott, AZ.

July 14-15, 2007 - Pinetop Annual Native American Art Festival, Pinetop, AZ.

July 14-15, 200712th Annual Cahokia Mounds Contemporary Indian Art Show, Collinsville, IL.

July 19-21, 2007Festival of Native Peoples, Cherokee, NC. Hosted by the Eastern Ban of Cherokee Indians

July 20-22, 2007 – 1st Annual Sacred Ground Fine Art Show, Jackson Hole, WY.

July 21-22, 2007 Eight Northern Pueblos Indian Arts Show, Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan Pueblo) NM.

July 21-22, 2007 In the Spirit – Northwest Native Arts Market & Festival, Tacoma, WA.

July 21-22, 2007Ganondagan Native American Dance & Music Festival & Art Market, Victor, NY.

July 27-29, 2007 34th Annual Ruidoso Arts Festival, Ruidoso, NM.

These festivals often offer opportunities to see and buy Native American art and crafts. If you can't get to any of them, may we recommend visits to the following Web sites?

ZuniLink - for authentic Zuni, Cochiti, San Felipe and other fetish carvings.

Native-JewelryLink - presenting beautiful, hand-made Native American jewelry.

Native-PotteryLink - a wide selection of original Pueblo Pottery.

TribalWorks - a pot-pourri of tribal art from Africa, Australia, the Arctic and Navajo folk artists.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Tohono O’odham Nation opens new $15,000,000 Cultural Center & Museum

A new cultural center and museum has been opened in southern Arizona by the Tohono O’odham Nation. The complex, which is located in Topawa, approximately 60 miles southwest of Tucson, includes a community cultural and educational center with artists’ studios in support of a residency program, a special-collections cultural archive and two artifact repositories. An open amphitheater with a covered patio and a storytelling circle complete the current layout.

The museum houses ancient artifacts and cultural items that have been returned ot the tribe by other Arizona museum that had displayed or held them.

Aboriginals: Art of the First Person, co-owned by Susanne and William Ernest Waites, and sponsoring Native American art web sites at,, and

are proud to bring you news of Native American and other Tribal Arts.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

More Native American Arts & Culture

Here are more events scheduled for the coming months.

Through August 25, 2007 – “Native American Women’s Creations” in exhibition at the Edward-Dean Museum & Gardens, 9401 Oak Glen Road, Cherry Valley, CA.

Through September 16, 2007 – “Voices in the Tall Grass: Native Women Artists of Oklahoma. This exhibit is being presented at the Pioneer Woman Museum, Ponca City OK. The art work, in an exhibition curated by Rebecca Brave, includes contemporary and traditional media such as pottery, beadwork, basketry, ribbon work, sculpture, paintings and illustration.

July 11-12, 2007 - Mashantucket Pequot Museum Pow Wow and Festival. Admission to the Pow Wow is free with admission to the museum and for museum members. The museum is located at 110 pequot Lane, Mashantucket. For more information, call 800-411-9671

July 14-15, 200714th Howard County Pow Wow at the Howard County Fairgrounds, Baltimore, MD

July 20-22, 2007Redbird’s Children of Many Colors Native American Intertribal Pow Wow, Moorpark, College, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark, CA. Admission is $2.00

August 4-5, 2007 - Bull Run All Nations Pow Wow, Riverfront Park & Candfield Island, Loyalsock Township, PA at the intersection of Bull Run Trail and Seshequin Trail.

August 24-26, 2007 - 33rd Annual Pow Wow by the Baltimore American Indian Center at Patterson Park, Eastern and Linwood Avenues. Admission $5.00 Information: 410-675-3535.

This list is brought to you by William & Susanne Waites of Aboriginals: Art of the First Person and allied web sites,,, and

Monday, June 18, 2007

In Memoriam: Arthur Lucario

We have learned from Palms Trading that Arthur Lucario has passed on. Art was said to have been born in 1942 and was half Laguna and half Acoma. His work, which was honored with a First Place at the 1995 New Mexico State Fair, was often the result of collaboration between Art and his wife, Velma Lucario. He was best known for greenware with etched designs. His smiling face and artistic abilities will be missed.

Palms Trading announces Pueblo Scholarships

Palms Trading Company has announced its 2007 Pueblo Scholarship for two deserving high school seniors who will be attending college in the fall.

Last year’s award was appreciated so much by Isidora Gachupin, Palms decided to make it an annual award. Scholarships will be presented to a
Jemez Valley High School student and an Acoma High School student.

Criteria include: a 3.2 or higher GPA, acceptance to a four-year institution, participation in extra-curricular activities for at least 3 years and good character. Applicants must write and submit an essay about their future goals.

According to the Palms newsletter, after hearing about the scholarship last year, Kenneth and Diana Reneau of Lufkin, Texas asked if they could help. Their contribution has helped to increase the size of the scholarship funds. In addition, Mr. & Mrs. Ernan Roman have contributed to the fund.

Anyone else who would like to contribute can make deposits to the New Mexico Pueblo Scholarship Fund at the Wells Fargo Bank in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

We salute our good friends at Palms for their public spirit in initiating and funding these scholarships.

More August Indian Art Events in Santa Fe

Taking advantage of the visibility that surrounds SWAIA’s Santa Fe Indian Market, numerous other Native American art events are scheduled in Santa Fe in August 2007.

August 9-12 – b4rTIME, Inc. will present the Sixth Annual Historic Indian & World Tribal Arts show. 75 exhibitors will present items from American Indian, African, Asian, Other American, Oceanic cultures and Classical Antiquities. There will be a Charity Preview Reception on August 9, Thursday, from 6 pm to 9 pm. Advance tickets at $75 each are available now. The event will take place at the Shellaberger Tennis Center at the College of Santa Fe. Show hours are 10 am to 5 pm on Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. Show passes are $12 per day with an unlimited pass available at $20.

August 10-12 – Whitehawk’s 24th Annual Antique Ethnographic Art Show. A Gala Preview will take place on Friday, August 10 from 6 pm to 9 pm, with a $75 admission charged. Show times on Saturday and Sunday will be 10 am to 5 pm with a $10 per day admission charge.

August 13-15 – Whitehawk’s 29th Annual Invitational Antique Indian Art Show. The Gala Preview will take place from 6 pm to 9 pm on Monday, August 13, with a $75 admission charge. Show times are Tuesday and Wednesday, August 14 and 15, from 10 am to 5 pm at $10 per day admission charge.

"There's no question but what Santa Fe is the center of the Indian and Ethnographic Art world, especially in August," according to William Waites, co-owner of Aboriginals: Art of the First Person. The author of this blog will be reporting 'live' from Santa Fe in August. So stay tuned.

In the meantime, Aboriginals' four web sites continue to offer superb examples of Native American fetish carvings at; beautiful Native American jewelry at; authentic handmade Indian Pueblo pottery at; and a pot pourri of African, Australian Aboriginal, Arctic and Navajo folk art at All guaranteed authentic.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

The new Aboriginal art retail space at Gannon's

This is a link that will take you to a video, taken yesterday at the new Aboriginals Gallery space at Gannon's Art & Antiques on South Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, FL.

The length is about 3:50. To leave the video, click on your back browser.

Video of our new Gannon's Space

Santa Fe Indian Market 2007 Schedule

The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, sponsor of the annual Indian market in Santa Fe, NM has announced the schedule for 2007.


August 13-16, 4:30 pm - Close

Vanessie of Santa Fe, 434 W. San Francisco Street, Free and open to the public

Santa Fe’s premiere piano bar hosts a benefit for SWAIA in the days leading up to the Market. A percentage of all sales are donated to the organization that produces the biggest Indian Market in the world!


Friday, August 17, 4:00 pm

El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, 1615 Paseo de Peralta, PRESS ONLY

Please call 505.983.5220 x 226 with media credential information to request access to this event prior to the Indian Market. Press will have the opportunity photograph award winning artwork. (Editor's Note: As a credentialed reporter and author, this writer will attend the Press Reception and report on the event in this blog.)


Friday, August 17, 4:30 pm

El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, 1615 Paseo de Peralta, $200 for those with $250 + SWAIA memberships. Please call SWAIA at 505.983.5220 x 236 to purchase this ticket in advance.

Be there to experience the excitement of the Best of Show announcement and the only time the eight top award winning artists of Indian Market are together with their extraordinary pieces. Only 100 tickets will be sold to this exclusive event, funds will support the Indian Market awards program.


Friday, August 17, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, 1615 Paseo de Peralta. SWAIA members only, memberships available at the door

The highly anticipated event that allows members ($250 level and above) the first opportunity to see award winning art from Best of Show to Honorable Mention for the 2007 Santa Fe Indian Market. A silent auction of fabulous donated jewelry, pottery, paintings, and other artwork adds to the excitement. Marvin Oliver, the 2007 poster artist will sign posters for $500 level members and up during this time, as well.


Friday, August 17, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, 1615 Paseo de Peralta. SWAIA members only, memberships available at the door

The first chance for all SWAIA members (any level) to see award winning art from Best of Show to Honorable Mention for the 2007 Santa Fe Indian Market.


Saturday, August 18, 7 am - 5 pm & Sunday, August 19, 8 am - 5 pm

The Santa Fe Plaza, Free and open to the public

The world’s most prestigious Native American arts show opens with more than 1000 artists (including youth), food and demonstration booths, entertainment and more!


Saturday, August 18, 5:00 pm

La Fonda Hotel, 100 E. San Francisco Street, $135/person; $1250/table. Call SWAIA to purchase tickets in advance.

Join artists, celebrities and guests at the only fundraiser Gala that supports the nonprofit responsible for the Santa Fe Indian Market! New in 2007 are two spectacular collaborative pieces, an “Over 50 and Fabulous” concho belt, and a custom built, v-twin chopper, complete with accessories made by outstanding Indian Market artists. The original artwork for the 2007 poster will be auctioned here, as well. Dinner, wine and silent auction included with ticket. Auctioneer Andrea Fiuczynski, President of Christie’s Los Angeles, will preside over the evening’s bidding.


Sunday, August 19, 9 am – 12 noon

Santa Fe Plaza Gazebo, Free and open to the public

See clothing from many American Indian Nations as participants compete, showcasing their clothing in traditional and contemporary categories.

For more than 80 years, the Santa Fe Indian Market has been the place where Native American art meets the world. Join the thousands of collectors, artists, volunteers and visitors who return from across the United States and the world to join in the festivities that celebrate American Indian culture and artistry. The outdoor market provides a unique place to meet and buy directly from over 1000 of the nation’s top Native American artists, including youth, who represent nearly 100 tribes. Demonstrations by Native American groups and artists allow visitors a chance to learn more about different tribal and artistic traditions. A book booth sells educational and informative books with signings by Native authors, and American Indian food vendors offer delicious Native food choices for visitors. All events listed take place in Santa Fe, NM.


This information is brought to you by Aboriginals: Art of the First Person, with web sites at Native-JewelryLink, Native-PotteryLink, TribalWorks and ZuniLink, and retail displays at the Lee County (FL) Alliance for the Arts and Gannnon's Art & Antiques in Fort Myers. "We are proud to be members of both the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts and the Indian Arts & Crafts Association," says owners William Waites and Susanne Waites.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Aboriginals couldn't stay away. Can you?

Aboriginals: Art of the First Person has opened a new retail space in Gannon's Art & Antiques Gallery in South Fort Myers.

Gannon's is located at 16521 S. Tamiami Trail (Route 41). Aboriginals will have a limited offering in approximately 250 square feet inside Gannon's 20,000 square foot facility.

According to William Waites, cco-owner of Aboriginals, "We are excited abou tgetting back to a situation where our clientele can look at, touch and feel art objects before purchasing them."

Aboriginals was a very popular tribal art gallery for 16 years on Sanibel, a facility that was closed approximately two years ago. The owners still receive comments from visitors who lament the closing of the physical gallery on Sanibel Island. In the meantime, the gallery has been operating successfuly on the Internet with Web sites at,, and .

Aboriginals will continue to operate the web sites, but also invites its friends and collector customers to stop by Gannon's to see the Aboriginals space. The space primarily will feature larger pieces of African and Australian Aboriginal art, including textiles and paintings, with a smattering of Native American items. In an upcoming message we will include a photo of the space and some of the items being featured.

When Aboriginals owners,William & Susanne Waites, are not present, Rich & Ursula Gannon, owners of Gannon's Art & Antiques will be happy to help you. In addition, if you know you will be there and would like to meet us there, simply call 800-305-0185 and we can make an appointment to be there.