Hubbell Trading Post Gears Up for Native American Art Auction

Thursday, August 19 2010 13:35   Western Art
The Friends of Hubbell Trading Post NHS, in partnership with the National Park Service, will present its next Native American Art Auction Sept. 18 at the Hubbell Trading Post in Ganado, Ariz.

September's auction will include contemporary and antique Navajo textiles, Pueblo Katsina dolls, pottery, paintings, carvings and baskets from many tribes. Preview for the auction is from 9 to 11 a.m., with the auction beginning at noon. Auction artwork will be available in a range of prices, from just $20 to more than $4,000.

navajo basket
In addition to the auction, arts, crafts and food vendors will be available during the day and the trading post store will be open for the public. Each auction event is held in a large tent at the National Historic Site.

For the 2010 auction, artists must enter their work between Sept. 13 - 16. Only authentically handmade Native American art objects will be accepted in the auction and at the vendor tables.

The profits from the auction are used to operate the auction, to help fund Native American college student scholarships and for historic preservation of Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site.

A visit to Hubbell Trading Post NHS, exploring the Hubbell family home during the open house on Sept. 18 and participating in the auction is free. The buying of auction items will cost the winning bid price plus a 10 percent buyer's premium.

Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site was established by Act of Congress on Aug. 28, 1965. As a national historic site, the trading post is still operated as a trading post, although the actual running of the business end of the site is under the direction of Southwest Parks and Monuments Association, which employs a trader/manager and full-and part-time clerks.

This arrangement, unique in the Park System, is governed by a cooperative agreement. Tourists visit the site, but so do Navajo who come to trade their arts and crafts and buy groceries.

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