August 16–17, 2018

Founded in 1937, The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian is New Mexico’s oldest non-profit, independent museum, and is a private non-profit corporation. The Wheelwright offers unique exhibitions of contemporary and historic Native American art. We’re famous for our focus on little-known genres and for solo shows by living Native American artists. The Wheelwright is open seven days a week.

The annual auction is our largest fundraiser, which contributes to operations, educational programs, exhibits, insight, and our commitment to the presentation of Native American art and culture.


Interested in volunteering at the 43rd Annual Auction? Visit our Volunteer at the Auction page and sign up now!


Donate contemporary and historic Native American and Southwestern art: jewelry, pottery, textiles, baskets, katsinam, and folk art. Cash and gift certificates are welcome, too! All contributions are fully tax-deductible and support museum operations.


From the Sketchbooks of T.C. Cannon Part 2
August 15 • 10 am – 1 pm
The Case Trading Post offers a rare opportunity to obtain artwork by master artist Tommy Wayne “T.C.” Cannon from the T.C. Cannon Estate, including previously unseen pieces.

Jewelry Collection Showcase 2018
August 16 • 10 am – 1 pm
The Case Trading Post presents a sales show of Native jewelry, including work by Richard Chavez, Denise Wallace, Raymond Sequaptewa, Roy Talahaftewa, and others.

First Timers: Miniature Katsinas by Randy Brokeshoulder
August 16 • 11 am – 1 pm
Come see the first miniature katsinas Randy Brokeshoulder has carved at the request of Ken Williams, Jr., exclusively available at the Case Trading Post.

Silent Auction and Live Auction Preview
August 16 • 3 – 5 pm
Join us for the Silent Auction! Bid on items or buy them outright. Last table closes at 4:30 p.m.

Old Friends, New Faces: Artist Demonstrations
August 17 • 9 am – noon
Meet exceptional Native American artists and see how they create their work!

Taqueria Gracias Madre Food Truck
August 17 • 9 am – 2 pm

Live Auction Preview
August 17 • 10 am – noon
Preview the Live Auction pieces in the auction tent on site. At 11:30 am, brother-and-sister dancers Phillip and Peshawn Bread (Comanche/Blackfeet/Kiowa) will lead participants to the auction tent.

Live Auction
August 17 • Noon – 3 pm
Get ready to bid on quality, high-end Native American art!


PARKING: In addition to parking at the museum, a free shuttle and offsite parking will be available at the First Baptist Church on 1605 Old Pecos Trail as well as St. John’s United Methodist Church at 1200 Old Pecos Trail. Shuttle runs from 8 a.m to 6 p.m. on Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. Additional parking is available on Museum Hill at the Stewart L. Udall Center for Museum Resources and the overflow parking at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.


Donations & Questions: Contact Jean Higgins, Assistant to the Director, at 505-982-4636 ext. 103 or; or Jayne Nordstrom, Auction Co-chair, at 505-989-1777 or

Live Auction Preview

Photos: LeRoy Grafe and Neebin Southall.



Veloy Vigil, Pueblo/Spanish, Painting, watercolor on paper, horse and Native rider, framed

Charlene and Frank Reano, San Felipe/Santo Domingo, Bracelet with inlay of turquoise, lapis, and mother-of-pearl

on shell base

Roland Begay, Navajo, Necklace and earrings set, sterling silver graduated beads with turquoise inlay and copper

inlay in basket design

Roland Begay, earrings for set, see above

Heinie Hartwig, Monsoon Season, oil painting on board in gold frame, 2009

Denny Gutierrez, Santa Clara, Blackware lidded pottery jar, ribbed, very finely polished



Glendora Fragua, Jemez, Polished buff pottery jar, isolated polychrome sgraffito designs on shoulder and around




Parfleche, left: Plains tribe, with diamond design in 2 columns, 22 X 12 X2 3/4″

Parfleche, right: Plains tribe, with central geometric design in blue, green and orange pigments, 22 X 12 X 2 3/4″

Laughing family, Navajo, Textile, multi-colored runner with six distinct design panels in rich hues, 13 3/4 X 48 3/4″

Les Namingha, Zuni/Hopi, Contemporary pottery jar with applied acrylic designs

Sally Black, Navajo, Large wedding basket with corn design in red, black and natural colors

Robert Tenorio, Santo Domingo, Large pottery bowl with black and white exterior and 4 Timbres-Style birds on


Robert Tenorio, Santo Domingo, polychrome bowl with geometric exterior design and birds and flowers in interior


Larry Vasquez, 10-strand heist shell necklace with silver tips, turquoise spacers and 2 coral beads

Okay Owingeh, Pottery platter with brown glaze and scalloped edge, circa 1930’s, some scratches, 18″ Diameter

Ben Wittick, Photograph, stereoview, Tesuque Pueblo eagle dancers, ca. 1882, framed

James Faks, Blackfeet, Leather concha belt with buckle,  10 oval, stamped conches, 44″ Long

Keri Ataumbi, Kiowa, Necklace with 30 bimetal etched mussel shells and one gold-plated bimetal shell

Silver concha belt, six oval stamped conches and 6 butterflies, square buckle, 44″ Long

Navajo, Silver cluster bracelet, stamp work and appliqué, with 22 turquoise stones, ca. 1930’s

Harry Begay, Navajo, Sterling silver cuff bracelet, stamped, chiseled, repoussé

Lonnie Acord, Tlingit, Eagle mask, cedar collar and feather accents, on wood stand

Iris Nampeyo, Pair of miniature pottery jars, one with Iris’s traditional raised corn design and one with Hopi maiden


Michael C. Gorman, Navajo, Bolo Tie with picture jasper stone set in sterling silver

Rose Reano, Santo Domingo, 6-strand heishi cube necklace and matching single-strand bracelet, melon shell,

turquoise, lapis, coral and amethyst spacers

L. Eugene Nelson, Navajo, Contemporary narrow sterling silver bracelet with wire wrap, silver beads, and turquoise,

lapis and coral inset stones on appliquéd panel

Richard Chavez, San Felipe, Sterling silver cuff links with onyx, turquoise and coral inlay

Verma Nequatewa, Hopi, 18K gold circular std earrings with round inset coral stones

Navajo Guild Leather belt with large silver buckle, repoussé and stamp work, 43 1/2″ Long

Fritz Casuse, Navajo, Sterling silver contemporary buckle with stamped spiral design, make-gane silver overlay panel

and jasper inset stone

TJH, Pacific Northwest Coastal tribe, Sterling silver cuff bracelet, repoussé, etched and engraved

Mike Bird-Romero, Okay Owing, Handmade sterling silver link necklace with eleven unique silver thunderbird

medallions, with inlaid turquoise stones

Teri reeves, Kiowa, Beaded smoked brain-tanned hide purse in the shape of a Kioa woman’s strike-a-light bag, with

turquoise, bronze, gold and ivory glass beads, and mother-of-pearl, glass and bronze beads and brass cones on fringe

and strap

Joe Cajero, Jr., Santo Domingo, Kindred Spirit, bronze sculpture, #4/30

Terrol Dew Johnson, Tohono O’Odham, Contemporary vessel of bark and reed


Nora Naranjo-Morse, Santa Clara, Thought Harvest, clay figure, 24″ Tall

Lisa Holt and Harlan Reano, Cochiti and Santo Domingo, Cloud and Rain, large rounded pottery jar in black and white

geometric pattern

White Mountain Apache, three-rod coiled willow and devil’s claw basket with black center star or flower and

geometric, cross and triangular designs

White Mountain Apache, three-rod coiled willow and devil’s claw basket with black center, whirling designs and red

accented geometrics

James Pioche, Navajo, Leather concha belt with buckle, 10 scalloped stamped conches and 11 butterflies in sterling

silver with 14K gold appliqué in center, 47″ Long

Navajo, Child’s silver squash blossom necklace

Decontie & Brown, Jason and Donna Decontie Brown, Penobscot (Maine), Cuff bracelet, Argentium silver, woven

brown ash, and rhyolite


Navajo, Yei’bichei textile ca. 1950’s in bright colors on white field with black border

Pat Truitt, Laguna/Chiricahua Apache, Pair of zirconium narrow cuff bracelets with sterling silver silver inlay in

2 complementary designs

Joan Tenenbaum, Gold and silver earrings on long sliding rods with circular reversible faces: happy/sad, male/female

Marlene Yazzie, Navajo, Two Grey Hills fine tapestry textile, 32 X 45″

Tim Edaakie and Bobby Silas, Zuni/Hopi, Zuni olli with capped feathers and lightening elements

Charles Navasie, Hopi, Pottery jar with white slip and polychrome katsina face

Preston Duwyenie, Hopi, Contemporary rounded pottery jar with inset stones and small etched elements