Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian $8 general admission. Open seven days a week, 10-5. Visit our website at www.wheelwright.org.
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The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian 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. We originate every exhibition, bringing you new research, fresh perspectives, and a richness of visual expression you won’t see anywhere else. Our museum shop, the Case Trading Post, features the best in contemporary craft and fine arts by more than 200 Native American artists, as well as a great selection of vintage and antique jewelry, ceramics, and textiles. The Case Trading Post is Santa Fe's oldest continuously operating gallery of Native American art. The Wheelwright is open seven days a week. The general admission fee is $8.00. Admission fees apply to adult tour groups. Admission to the museum will be free to the public the first Sunday of every month. Admission is free for museum members, Native Americans, children under the age of 12, students with a valid student id, and active military. Celebrating over 75 years as New Mexico’s oldest, independent, non-profit museum!

"Orange!" Yes, #ToddlerSecurityGuard Heidi Brandow's work “Lost but Found” in our Laughter and Resilience exhibition fea...
05/23/2020

"Orange!" Yes, #ToddlerSecurityGuard Heidi Brandow's work “Lost but Found” in our Laughter and Resilience exhibition features a lot of orange, but what else do you see? How does it make you feel? We invite you to view this exhibition on your phone from home by texting "Wheelwright" to the number 56512. Let us know what you think of the work below.

Time for another round of name that hallmark. This box is fabricated from sheet silver and stamped. There are four large...
05/22/2020

Time for another round of name that hallmark. This box is fabricated from sheet silver and stamped. There are four large, ornate, stamped feet of raised button like forms on the base. Mounted on the lid is a large inlay in the Zuni style of a Zuni Knifewing. It is stamped on the bottom with a shop's hallmark - whose shop is it? #GlimpseInsideWM (2013.01.1651)

This week's #BoloTieTuesday just makes us want to saddle up for adventure. The raised hoof and horse head pendants on th...
05/19/2020

This week's #BoloTieTuesday just makes us want to saddle up for adventure. The raised hoof and horse head pendants on the bolo tips add a sense of movement to the piece. #GlimpseInsideWM (Unidentified artist, 2010.18.075)

No security task is too small or too great for our #ToddlerSecurityGuard. This weekend he learned the importance of bein...
05/16/2020

No security task is too small or too great for our #ToddlerSecurityGuard. This weekend he learned the importance of being proactive against the smallest threats in the museum world. If you don't check for an insect problem with sticky traps - you may not know you have a problem until it is too late.

This small mother of pearl, jet, and turquoise hummingbird feeding from white flower on silver wire stem is probably one...
05/15/2020

This small mother of pearl, jet, and turquoise hummingbird feeding from white flower on silver wire stem is probably one of our more delicate and smaller pins in the collection. #GlimpseInsideWM (Unidentified artist, 2010.27.20)

05/13/2020
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Please join us for the eighth and final episode of #PaintingWithTheArtist season 1. Please let us know what you think of Melissa Pochoema's (Hopi) "Wings of Hope."

This whistle was fabricated from sheet silver and stamped between 1940 and 1950. This is one of the few pieces of inlay ...
05/12/2020

This whistle was fabricated from sheet silver and stamped between 1940 and 1950. This is one of the few pieces of inlay work by Dan Simplicio (Zuni) in our collection, because he primarily only did inlay in his formative years. #GlimpseInsideWM (2013.01.0867)

05/09/2020

This weekend our #ToddlerSecurityGuard has learned that he is tall enough and strong enough to open the compact storage, which means he was able to make sure the archives and collections are still secure.

05/08/2020

This orange spiny oyster and mother of pearl fox is bound to go straight to your heart, much like his turquoise heart line. #GlimpseInsideWM (Unidentified artist, 2012.01.131)

05/06/2020
Painting With The Artist, Season 1, Episode 7

Please join us for the seventh episode of #PaintingWithTheArtist. In this episode Melissa Pochoema (Hopi) adds details and more color to her birds and butterflies.

Painting With The Artist Season 1, Episode 7. Join Melissa Pochoema (Hopi) on a calming artistic journey as she paints "Wings of Hope."

05/05/2020

This basket is for our follower who requested more beaded items. This Washoe bundle and coil basket is delicately covered on the exterior by blue, red, white, and black glass beads. #GlimpseInsideWM (43/0143)

05/02/2020

#ToddlerSecurityGuard takes his breaks very seriously. He is rather studious, spending his free time reading in our kids reading area.

05/02/2020

Inlay of turquoise, shell, and red stone add detail to the seven bears on this necklace, the most center one adorned with hanging stamped silver feathers. It's no wonder the artist Tom Burnside (Navajo) won first place for it at the 1957 Gallup Inter-tribal Ceremonial. #GlimpseInsideWM (2010.18.321AB)

Face to Face: Portraits by America MeredithAmerica Meredith is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation who also acknow...
04/30/2020

Face to Face: Portraits by America Meredith
America Meredith is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation who also acknowledges Swedish and Celtic ancestry. Inspired by sources ranging from medieval miniatures to Cherokee and Japanese syllabaries, she paints portraits of friends, family, and historic figures that confound stereotypes and challenge assumptions about Native identity. Because of their skill at navigating between traditional cultures and mainstream society, she sees tribal people as “the future, not the past, in our globalized world.” A resident of San Francisco, she tied for Best Painter of 2006 in the San Francisco Weekly’s annual poll. Nevertheless her work speaks first to her own communities: she always shows it in her native Tahlequah, Oklahoma, “so if there’s something wrong they’ll tell me.” Meredith is dedicated to the idea of art as communication. “For me art’s the vehicle,” she says. “I don’t do art for art’s sake. I do art specifically to talk about Native American issues. That’s the only reason I’m an artist.”
Exhibit catalog available on our site https://wheelwright.org/product-category/all/publications/
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04/30/2020

This Western Apache bowl shaped basket featuring a repetitive pattern of a man and his dog reminds us just how much we all love our furry companions. #GlimpseInsideWM (43/0255)

04/29/2020

We all need a little goofy whimsical folk art in our life right about now. Nothing in our collection fits this description better than Delbert Buck's (Navajo) colorful carving of a man riding a duck. #GlimpseInsideWM (59/0350)

Today's #BoloTieTuesday is thanks to the amazing inlay work by Dennis and Nancy Edaakie (Zuni) who started making jewelr...
04/28/2020

Today's #BoloTieTuesday is thanks to the amazing inlay work by Dennis and Nancy Edaakie (Zuni) who started making jewelry in the 1960s. This particular bolo was made in 1983, highlighting their decades of experience in its fine craftsmanship. #GlimpseInsideWM (2010.18.070)

This type of nine diamond and half diamond pattern is typical of Third-Phase Chief's Blankets. This one dates to around ...
04/27/2020

This type of nine diamond and half diamond pattern is typical of Third-Phase Chief's Blankets. This one dates to around 1880. And per the request of one of our fans we have included some very close up images. #GlimpseInsideWM (Unidentified artist, 2014.27.001) For more information on different phases of Chief Blankets check our this PBS website: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/stories/articles/2007/2/16/navajo-blankets/

"Bright...Pretty." "Wow!" #ToddlerSecurityGuard loves monitoring the Jim and Lauris Phillips Center for the Study of Sou...
04/25/2020

"Bright...Pretty." "Wow!" #ToddlerSecurityGuard loves monitoring the Jim and Lauris Phillips Center for the Study of Southwestern Jewelry in the Martha Hopkins Struever Gallery. Sometimes you just need to have a seat to take it all in.

04/24/2020
Mountain Lion

May your burden today not be as heavy as this brown-orange striated mountain lion with her coral, turquoise, and mother of pearl bundle. #GlimpseInsideWM (Undetermined Zuni Artist, 2012.01.128)

Through Their Eyes: Paintings from the Santa Fe Indian School (5/17/2009-4/18/2010)This exhibition focused on paintings ...
04/23/2020

Through Their Eyes: Paintings from the Santa Fe Indian School (5/17/2009-4/18/2010)
This exhibition focused on paintings from the Charlotte G. Mittler collection created by students who attended the Santa Fe Indian School between 1919 and 1945. Featured artists included Fred Kabotie, Velino Shjie Herrera, Allan Houser, Andrew Tsinjinnie, Pablitia Velarde, and Sybil Yazzie.
The Santa Fe Indian School has long been considered the birthplace of contemporary Native American easel painting. What has been written about the Santa Fe Indian School Studio and its place within the development of contemporary Native American painting concentrates largely on the patronage and the uniqueness of Santa Fe’s non-Native artistic and intellectual communities.
The purpose of this exhibition was to give voice to a Native American perspective and to reveal how these paintings reflect Native American thought and life as seen through the eyes of the youth during the years between the two world wars.
Exhibit catalog available on our site https://wheelwright.org/product-category/all/publications/
#WheelwrightExhibitsTBT

04/23/2020

Sometimes art happens in the process when the artist collaborates with the materials. This jar is one such example. The black clouding is due to uneven firing atmosphere. When the clay has plenty of exposure to oxygen, oxidization of the minerals in the clay occurs and it appears more orange or brown after firing. When oxygen is absent (sometimes due to contact with the flames), the clay becomes black in the firing process. #GlimpseInsideWM (40/0451)

History Lesson Time! At first glance you may think this is a first phase concha belt from the 1860s to 1880s because the...
04/22/2020

History Lesson Time! At first glance you may think this is a first phase concha belt from the 1860s to 1880s because the leather is woven through cut out holes. This technique of cutting holes was used by Navajo silversmiths because they had not yet mastered soldering techniques. However, if you look closely you will notice that the holes are not diamond shaped (another characteristic of the first phase). This belt is a first phase revival, which became popular in the 1940s thru the 1960s. #GlimpseInsideWM (Unidentified artist, 47/0768)

04/22/2020
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Please join us for the fifth episode of #PaintingWithTheArtist. Melissa Pochoema (Hopi) is ready to take a step back to look at the whole picture. Are you ready to take a step back too? If you are painting along with Melissa, please feel free to share your work in progress.https://youtu.be/qFs23p_kL7Q

In addition to carrying some of Ricardo Caté's (Kewa Pueblo) paintings, the #CaseTradingPost also carries "Without Reser...
04/21/2020

In addition to carrying some of Ricardo Caté's (Kewa Pueblo) paintings, the #CaseTradingPost also carries "Without Reservations." If you can't laugh with the ones you love, send them the gift of laughter. Feel free to order by phone 505-982-4636 ext. 110 or email [email protected].

For those who think butterflies are not manly, the weight of this one around your neck may change your mind. #BoloTieTue...
04/21/2020

For those who think butterflies are not manly, the weight of this one around your neck may change your mind. #BoloTieTuesday #butterflies #GlimpseInsideWM (Unidentified artist, 2010.18.078)

Are your kids getting restless reading the same things over and over again? Consider purchasing our favorite books by aw...
04/20/2020

Are your kids getting restless reading the same things over and over again? Consider purchasing our favorite books by award winning author Byrd Baylor from the #CaseTradingPost. Feel free to order by phone 505-982-4636 ext. 110 or email [email protected].

04/20/2020

Ketohs (wrist guards) were originally functional protective gear for archers. Eventually Navajo silversmiths began to to adorn them with silver. However, this black leather ketoh with two large turquoise stones outlined with silver wire is definitely more of a fashion statement (and a workout to wear) than a functional ketoh. #GlimpseInsideWM (Unidentified artist, 2010.18.412)

Now is a time is the perfect time for reflection and insightful knowledge. If you don't already have some Native America...
04/19/2020

Now is a time is the perfect time for reflection and insightful knowledge. If you don't already have some Native American wisdom in you life, consider purchasing these from the #CaseTradingPost. Feel free to order by phone 505-982-4636 ext. 110 or email [email protected].

Address

704 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM
87505

The M bus comes directly to the museum from downtown. Many hotels also offer a complimentary shuttle. Parking onsite is free.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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(505) 982-4636

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I found this in a 2nd hand store in Martinsburg, WV, this week. It is not an antique (not even vintage?) but had some interesting info on it--including the pipe. Could not find either the name of "Richmond F. Allan" or "Little Big Chief Flowing Words" anywhere, but I was intrigued by "Victim of massacre" & 1968 date. I know there were a lot of Native American-related protests from the mid-60's thru the 70's & onward. The pipe does appear to be made from real stone (I'm not even a rock expert.) Plaque appears to be home made, but who ever made it, is an artist. Not really interested in "value", but would like to get more background info if available, especially family attachments if any. I once found a family bible in the same shop & paid $15 for it. Appraised at around $600-700 over the phone by the Bible Museum owned by the Chick Filet family. Published in 1871! Was able to track down the daughter of the most recently deceased owner of the bible. NO!! I didn't make her buy it. (Every time I thought of doing that the spirit of my late Pastor, Gerald Kuhn--retired WWII, USMC veteran-- smacked me up side the head.) She worked 2 miles from my house & never even knew such a family treasure existed. These things amaze me. Any other direction I can go for more info?