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Friends Lecture: Trading Among Native Americans Since 1872 (2:30 PM)

09/09/2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Trading Among Native Americans Since 1872
Presented by Tanner’s Indian Arts (Joe E. Tanner Sr. & Emerald Tanner)

Doors Open/Refreshments 2:00 PM   |   Lecture Starts 2:30 PM   |   Free for Friends Members  •  Non-members/Public $10

Joe E. Tanner Sr. is an authority on natural turquoise. He has mined, cut, and graded turquoise since the mid 1950s. He describes his business as the “brokering of art and local commodities” and focuses on genuine, authentic, and truly collectible goods.

Tanner’s great-grandfather Seth Tanner, and grandfather Joe Tanner, built trading posts throughout the Southwest. They have been trading with Native Americans since the mid-1800s. Tanner’s Indian Arts is both an art gallery and museum in its own right. Featuring all natural gem-quality turquoise, authentic handmade jewelry, Katsina dolls, pottery, and natural spun hand-woven rugs.

Joe has served on various arts councils, judged at juried arts shows, and has had galleries all around the Southwest: Scottsdale, Denver, La Jolla, and Jackson Hole.  He has been incredibly important to dozens of famed artists in recognizing their talent and supplying them with choice materials to further their impact and role in the arts.  Joe has worked with numerous museums over the decades, most recently, the Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, helping raise the awareness and recognition of Native American Art as fine art.

Emerald Tanner, is a graduate of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. She returned to Gallup to continue the family business into the fifth generation. Emerald has presented education seminars on turquoise and Native American jewelry-making techniques for archeological groups, museums, and collectors.

“I have a deep fascination and love for Native American arts and culture and am so thrilled to see the role of the trader shift to accommodate the modern day needs of my artist and craftsmen friends,” Emerald Tanner said. “I choose to be in Gallup because it is my home, but also because it is the home and heart of Native American Art.  From the time I sold my first concho belt at seven years old, I’ve had an ongoing love affair with this incredible art.

“The respect and relationships I have for and with the Native American people is something I hold very dear,” Emerald Tanner continued. “I am enormously blessed to be able to share, wear, and promote this one-of-a-kind art with clients, collectors, and friends from all over the world.”

Tanner’s Indian Art (Gallup, NM)

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Wheelwright Library
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Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
(505) 982-4636