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Southwest Indian Art

Southwest Indian Art

The best of the best!

May 4–10, 2014



$3,495 (member*)
$3,620 (nonmember)

Deposit: $400
Balance due: Feb. 26, 2014

*Minimum $100 level
(see Membership)

Discover the majestic landscapes of northern New Mexico—and the heart and soul of Southwest Indian art. Encouraged by traders, art dealers, and collectors, American Indian artists have built upon thousands of years of tradition to create new works that are innovative in style, yet timeless in their beauty and craftsmanship. On this tour, we will enjoy unique opportunities to meet "the best of the best": award-winning jewelers, potters, and weavers from the Pueblos of Zuni, Hopi, Cochiti, Santa Clara, and San Ildefonso, and from the Navajo Nation. The artists will demonstrate their craft, share family traditions, and describe their artistic development in a changing world.

Educational Focus

Influence of history and culture on artistic traditions in Southwest American Indian jewelry, textiles, and pottery

Spirituality and worldviews in Southwest Indian art





Scholars Kimberly Spurr (top) and Jason Nez (bottom).


Charles King of King Galleries in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a nationally recognized specialist in American Indian pottery. He has worked closely with leading artists, including members of the Ortiz and Tafoya families, and has served as a judge at the Santa Fe Indian Market, Heard Museum market, and Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial.

Joe and Cindy Tanner are among the best-known American Indian art traders in the Southwest. Joe is a fourth-generation "old-school" trader and a leading authority on turquoise sources, history, and use. He and Cindy are passionate about cultivating local native talent and have helped advance the careers of some of the most recognizable names in Southwest Indian art.


Sunday, May 4: Arrive in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by 4 p.m. Dinner and introduction to the week's activities. Overnight, Albuquerque. (D)

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Monday, May 5: Drive west to Gallup, located on historic Route 66 in the heart of Native America. In Gallup, Joe and Cindy Tanner welcome us to their private gallery for an up-close look at their extensive collection of Indian art and one of the world's finest, most complete collections of turquoise. Today's focus: the development of silversmith and lapidary techniques. We will discuss techniques in company with some of the most talented jewelry artists working today. Overnight, Gallup. (B, L, D)

Tuesday, May 6: Return to the Tanner gallery to discover "the best of the best" in Navajo weaving, another cornerstone of the Tanner collection. Joe and Cindy invite artists and specialists to field your questions and discuss the dynamics of Navajo rugs from weaving districts including Teec Nos Pos, Two Grey Hills, Ganado, and Burntwater. Textiles specialist Christina Mazotti discusses methods and techniques for restoring and preserving Navajo rugs. Overnight, Gallup. (B, L, D)

Wednesday, May 7: Travel east to Santa Fe. Along the way, stop at the Pueblo of Cochiti, where Charles introduces us to four generations of Ortiz family potters. Today's focus: the evolution of pottery at Cochiti, from historic monos (figures) to the pueblo’s famous storyteller figures and modern innovations. We'll also visit with Cochiti silversmiths. Dinner on your own. Overnight, Santa Fe. (B, L)

Thursday, May 8: Twenty-five miles north of Santa Fe lies Santa Clara Pueblo, home of eminent potter Margaret Tafoya (1904–2001), whose art and influence we discuss. Arrive at the pueblo in time for a pottery-firing demonstration; then meet several renowned families of artists and enjoy a traditional lunch. Spend the afternoon learning how the techniques of carving, painting, and etching pottery have led to important creative innovations. Return to Santa Fe for an evening reception at Robert Nichols Gallery on the city's famous Canyon Road. Mr. Nichols discusses the impact and importance of contemporary potters, and the continued relevance of historic forms and designs. We meet some of the artists whose work is on view. Dinner on your own. Overnight, Santa Fe. (B, L)

Friday, May 9: San Ildefonso Pueblo is at the center of the Pueblo arts revival. The late Maria and Julian Martinez were among San Ildefonso's most noted artists; they broke with the traditional polychrome style around 1920 and created the pueblo's now-famous black-on-black pottery. Two generations later, Maria and Julian's grandson, Tony Da, pioneered the techniques of etching and stone inlay. Learn about the pueblo's innovators of the 1920s and emerging trends for the next generation—and enjoy a special opportunity to meet descendants of Maria and Julian, who continue the family tradition of artistic innovation. Overnight, Santa Fe. (B, L, D)

Saturday, May 10: Drive back to Albuquerque. Departure from the airport any time after 12 noon. (B)

Itinerary subject to change

B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner


Tuition: Tuition is per person, based on shared hotel accommodations, and includes accommodations, meals listed, entry fees and permits, most gratuities, and group transportation from arrival in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on May 4, 2014, until departure from Albuquerque on May 10, 2014. Transportation to and from Albuquerque is your responsibility.

Accommodations: Comfortable hotels (double occupancy); single accommodations available for an additional fee of $590.

What to Expect: All travel is by Crow Canyon vehicle. No drive is longer than 3½ hours. The entire trip takes place at elevations between 5000 and 7260 feet. Our pace will be leisurely, but you must be comfortable standing and walking for several hours at a time.


The following penalty schedule applies: On or before February 26, 2014: $200 handling fee; after February 26, 2014: forfeiture of all payments. For complete cancellation and refund policy, see Terms and Conditions.




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