Navajo Rugs, Jewelry & Art

Navajo Rug Show & Sale

We are in a special window of time with the Elders we serve. The Elders in their 80’s and 90’s are the last generation of traditional indigenous people in the United States. These Elders never entered our society, they dress traditionally, practice traditional ceremonies, and speak only their Navajo language. Many of the Elders have never left the Navajo reservation and the only life they know is one of solitude and self-reliance in the desert of the South West. These Elder’s needs are simple, but meeting their needs is vital to their survival.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Elders and their families have not had any opportunities to sell their beautiful rugs and jewelry this year. By joining Adopt A Native Elder for the Virtual Rug Show and Sale, you help traditional Navajo Elders sell their amazing works of art and earn income that helps them buy hay for their livestock, food for their families, and firewood to heat their homes. The Elders set their own prices and receive 100% of the proceeds from their sales. Because every rug and piece of jewelry is one of a kind, the first person to complete payment for an item will receive the rug or jewelry, if you miss out a rug or piece of jewelry, know that we have many one of a kind treasures available and every sale makes a difference. Thank you for joining us, we hope you enjoy the show.



All rug sizes are listed in inches.

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2020 Rug Show Weaver Bios


Theme Rugs


Sacred Waters

Autumn Colors


Traditional Rug Designs


Rugs in Traditional Colors

Rugs in Earth and Natural Colors

Rugs in Other Colors

Pictorial and Ceremonial Rugs

Hand Spun and Hand Dyed Rugs


Jewelry


necklaces

Bracelets

Earrings

Pins and Bolos

Beaded Jewelry


Crafts & Art


Baskets

Contemporary Native Art

Stuffed Animals

Dolls


Winter Blessings Ornaments


Winter Blessings Ornaments


Other Merchandise


Other Merchandise


100% OF YOUR PURCHASE GOES DIRECTLY TO THE WEAVER.

Theme Rugs
This category contains rugs that are specific to each annual Adopt A Native Elder Navajo Rug Show and Sale. Theme Rugs are designed to challenge the weavers and to create art that can only be found at the Rug Show.

Rugs in Traditional Colors, Earth and Natural Colors and Other Colors
Rugs in these categories are grouped by their colors. For instance, the Traditional Colors group contains rugs with mixes of reds, grays, black, and white.

Pictorial and Ceremonial Rugs
This category contains rugs which either have pictorial elements or are based on ceremonial themes.

Hand Spun and Hand Dyed Rugs
These rugs have been woven from hand spun and hand dyed wool. The work of preparing the wool for these rugs has often been done by the weaver herself, adding many hours to the time it takes to finish a rug. In these rugs, the wool and design are often coarser than in those rugs made from commercial yarn. The heart and hand of the weaver can also be more evident in these rugs.

Traditional Navajo Baskets
In addition to rugs, we offer a small collection of traditional Navajo baskets for sale. For the most part, basket weaving is limited to the northwestern fringe of the Reservation with Navajo Mountain and Oljato both being centers for this art form. Baskets are in demand throughout the Reservation for use in ceremonies and their supply is limited. We are fortunate to have a few to offer. Pitch pots are a traditional Navajo craft. They are utilitarian water vessels but also have an innate beauty. The weaver creates a woven basket and then treats it with pine pitch to make it water tight.

Jewelry
All jewelry is handmade by traditional Navajo artists on the reservation. Every piece of jewelry is a one of a kind piece of art.

Contemporary Native Art
Contemporary Native art has been donated by younger artists in order to help support their Elders. All funds raised through the sale of these items will be used to provide food certificates to Elders in need.

Pricing
All rug prices are set by the weaver. Since the Elder is not physically present to sell their rug, you may see a few rugs with two prices listed. The "asking price" is the price the Elder would like to receive for the rug. The "low price" is the lowest price the Elder will accept for their rug. You may pay either price or anything in the range between the asking price and the low price.

The sale of rugs at our Annual Navajo Rug Show & Sale is one of the most important ways we have to provide financial support to our Elders. All proceeds from the sale of these rugs are returned to the weaver.

We hope you love your hand-crafted weaving as much as we love the opportunity to offer it to you. On behalf of the weavers, we thank you for your generous support!



Audio on this page by Douglas Spotted Eagle from his CD, Closer to Far Away. Permission from the artist was kindly given for its use.