Since 1902, this fine gallery has brought together the best of the classic Native American crafts. The generous choice of ... More
Wright's Collection of Indian Art
Since 1902, this fine gallery has brought together the best of the classic Native American crafts. The generous choice of woven tapestries from Navajo and Zapote artisans will meet any size or color requirement. Pueblo pottery in natural earth hues and beautiful turquoise hand-crafted jewelry reach a peak in this collection of ornamentation from the southwest. Award-winning sculptor Kathy Whitman, known as Elk Woman, offers the classic simplicity of Colorado Alabaster in creations that catch the spirit of the Land of Enchantment.
This is like Ali Baba's cave, if he were a Native American. The oldest Indian business in the area (started in 1907, and still in Albuquerque, NM) is a large, elegant space with beautifully displayed merchandise. They buy everything from the artists they represent, so it is all absolutely authentic - and somewhat pricey, but good values for what you get. This is not the place for cheapo souvenirs! For really dazzling jewelry - some really contemporary and some recognizably Indian - for all kinds of hand made pottery, paintings, sculpture, masks, and little fetishes; this is the place. The staff is very friendly and very knowledgeable. They will tell you all about who made a piece, what it means, and so forth. They have a really good layaway, too - you have a whole year to pay it off, with no interest or other costs.
I heartily recommend this gallery to anyone interested in Indian arts and crafts, and anyone interested in learning about them. It is like a whole foreign culture, but at Wright's the people really can explain the beautiful things they carry. It is a bit out-of-the-way, in a residential area, but well worth the visit. We could have spent all day!
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