A couple of days ago my brother Wings, Aji's husband and an award-winning Native American silver artist who maintains a gallery at Taos Pueblo, his people's home since ancient times, announced a nearly unprecedented 20% off sale on everything in his gallery to celebrate my elder sister Aji's birthday October 20. This includes not only his own work but everything that the gallery is featuring by other Native American artists. These artists' work is of many different kinds, and includes drums, sculptures, paintings, jewelry, carvings, katsinam (kachinas), and more. There's a lot there to discover and I'd like to show you just a bit of it here. If you're looking for something in particular or just want to see what's available, ask here or via the gallery's contact info. The website is here and Wings and Aji will be happy to answer any questions and help you find just the right thing. Wings also does commissioned work, but that's not included in the sale.
In addition to the sale, there are three Secret Santa gifts for which money is being collected, all of them work by Wings. All three are gorgeous necklaces. One's for Ann (winglion) and two are for Sara R. $170 has been collected so far for each person, which means that $180 plus shipping, handling, and insurance (s/h/i) remains for Ann's gift and $505 plus s/h/i for Sara's. Here are the necklaces. Aren't they gorgeous? These are not included in the sale but I wanted to mention them up front because I love Sara and Ann and I know the community loves them just as much. With the winter holidays coming up, I hope we can get these lovely pieces to them in that timeframe.
And now, on to the sale!
May all the Gods bless my beloved sister Aji for putting the rest of this together. The images and text all came from her, saving me absolutely hours and hours of work and searching through Facebook posts. My sister is the best.
The pieces featured here are really outstanding. There are some I drool over, like that Angie Yazzie micaceous clay bowl, and look at markdown that's being given on it! I don't dare get it - where would I put it? - but I do love to look at it and hope it gets snapped up during the sale. The "Corn Beetle" and "Elemental" cuff bracelets by Wings are spectacular. I can't decide which of the two I like best. The bow, quiver and arrows in white deerhide simply take my breath away. They're not only gorgeous, they are functional.
Enjoy your stroll through the gallery, shop joyfully, and do post here if you don't find what you're looking for.
"Corn Beetle" Cuff Bracelet. This is not a new piece, but one that hasn't gotten much attention. That huge onyx cab is incredible - it's like looking into a deep black pool. Band, of course, is sterling silver. Regular price $425; at 20% off, $340 + shipping/handling/insurance.
"Elemental" Cuff Bracelet. Sterling silver and staurolite, in a naturally-occurring Four Directions pattern. Regular price $425; at 20% off, $340 + shipping/handling/insurance.
Baby bracelets! Actually, toddler-sized. Sterling silver cuffs made of smooth half-round wire. Amethyst on the left; snowflake obsidian and denim lapis on the right. He's also made adult-sized versions of each of these by special request, but at that size, they run close to $300. These are regularly priced $135 each; at 20% off, $108 each + shipping/handling/insurance.
"Sun Serpent" Earrings. Hand-cut, hand-stamped sterling silver. Regular price $235; at 20% off, $188 + shipping/handling/insurance.
"Buffalo Beads" sterling silver pendant on a multi-colored, multi-strand necklace of miniature trade-style beads. Regular price $225; at 20% off, $180 = shipping/handling/insurance.
Sunglasses Holder. Sterling silver and Sleeping Beauty turquoise. Regular price $325; at 20% off, $260 + shipping/handling/insurance.
Micaceous clay bowl by master potter Angie Yazzie, reviving an ancient "Four Sacred Directions" pattern. Was $525; marked down to $275 + shipping/handling/insurance as a special offer. Fragility requires special handling; extra shipping charges apply.
Micaceous clay turtle flask by Wings's late sister. about 7.5" high. Regular price $250; at 20% off, $200 + shipping/handling/insurance (fragile; extra shipping charges apply).
Corn Maiden miniature sculptures by Mark Swazo-Hinds (Tesuque Pueblo). there are four, each unique, each carved from pink sandstone and topped with Mark's trademark multi-colored macaw-feather bundles. From memory, sizes range from roughly 3" to 6" high. Regular prices range from $275 to $425; at 20% off, $220 to $340 + shipping/handling/insurance. Note: Due to weight, extra shipping charges apply.
Spiderweb alabaster bear sculptures by Mike Schildt (Taos Pueblo). The big guy is made from the single most beautiful piece of this stone that I've ever seen. Regular prices range from $225 to $450; at 20% off, that $180 to $360 + shipping/handling/insurance. Note: Due to weight, extra shipping charges apply. In the background, Ned Archuleta's "Taos Pueblo Mountain Trout." Why? As Wings, who took the photo, said, "Because bears like fish." Pink alabaster. Regular price $375; at 20% off, $300 + shipping/handling/insurance. Note: Due to weight/special handling needs, extra shipping charges apply.
Crow Mother Emerging from the Kiva. The newest katsina by Josh Aragon (Hopi/Laguna) in unique imagery I've seen only from Josh. Note landscape hand-painted on her blanket and kiva stone detail. Regular price is $585; at 20% off, $468 + shipping/handling/insurance. Note: Requires special handling; extra shipping charges apply.
Geronimo (or, more accurately, Goyathlay (the spelling of which is likewise not wholly accurate, being rendered into the English alphabet). By Pemwah, of Isleta Pueblo. Pastel on kava paper; barnwood frame. Visible image, 21.25" X 14.5"; frame 22.25" X 30.25" (dimensions approximate). Regular price $525; at 20% off, $420 + shipping/insurance (due to dimensions and need for special handling, extra shipping charges apply).
Dragonfly dancer watercolor by Tim Saupitty (Comanche); matted, framed, and behind glass. Visible image 29.5" high by 21.25" wide; including frame, 38" high by 30" wide (dimensions approximate). Due to small amount of very slight water damage in lower left corner, price reduced from $2,500 to $1,500; at 20% off, that's $1,200 + shipping/insurance (size and fragility require special handling; extra shipping charges apply).
From Wings's private collection, it's a real, functional bow and arrow set in a white deerhide quiver. Made by his brother-in-law, who is also from Taos Pueblo, it includes the traditional wooden bow, tipped and shafted arrows, and that incredible fringed leather quiver - all hand-made. Regular price is $895; at 20% off, it's $716 + shipping/insurance (extra shipping charges apply due to size and special handling needs).
Whew! A lot to choose from, and there's a lot more where that came from: Wings' gallery. Remember, if you don't see what you're looking for among these few selections (and compared to what's in the gallery, this really is just a few), check the gallery. If you don't find what you're looking for there, especially if it's something other than jewelry, ask! There are many, many fine things that don't appear here. I hope you've enjoyed this, and thank you.