100 people and weavers were on hand for the 10th Native Rug Auction
on Oct. 19 at Coconino Center for the Arts in partnership with the
Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) and Flagstaff Cultural Partners
where more than 200 rugs were auctioned.
Bessie Yazzie from Blue Gap, Ariz. wove one of the rug auction's
showstoppers. The 12-foot-9-inch by 9-foot-9-inch rug took her over
a year to weave. It was a Large Storm Pattern rug.
The rug was originally on its way to Wyoming before the government
shutdown changed its course. Yazzie decided at the last minute to
have the rug auctioned in Flagstaff. It was her first time at a
MNA auction. The auctions take place in both October and June to
provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about Navajo
culture and weavings.
Yazzie originally had a smaller price tag on the rug until volunteers
at the auction told her she could get more.
"The lady she told us, 'this is a huge rug and you guys
are asking a little price,'" Yazzie said through a translator.
The original price was $2,000. Even the modified price of $3,000
ended up being lower than what the rug sold for at $3,750.
The rugs in the auction came from original weavers and also
from private collections.
Rug styles at the auction included Two Grey Hills, Ganado, Teec
Nos Pos, Ye'ii, Pictorial, Wide Ruins, Storm, Sandpainting, Eyedazzler
R.B. Burnham & Co. Trading Post auctioneered the event.
The family has worked in the field of Native American art for five