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Artist Spotlight: JD Roybal

Works by Midcentury Native American artist JD Roybal reflect Pueblo ceremonials with an illustrative and playful approach.  Born in 1922, José Desiderio Roybal (JD Roybal) was from San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico. Revered for its tradition of black on black pottery, San Ildefonso was home to potters like Maria Martinez and JD’s parents, Tonita and Juan Roybal. Following in the footsteps of his uncle, painter Awa Tsireh (Alfonso Roybal), JD Roybal, too, gravitated toward two dimensional works.   Animated ceremonial dancers feature as prominent subjects in Roybal’s works, with a favorite being Koshare clowns. Mischievous and spirited, Roybal represents the dancers in single portraits and group processionals. Often posed in profile, these figures stand out on a white ground with...

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Congrats Ladies Ranch Rodeo Competitors

As sponsors of the Ladies Ranch Rodeo, we gave away rugs from our new hand woven wool collection to top competitors.  It's not to late to get your hands on one too - we're giving away one more, no horse required.  Sign up for our mailing list to enter the July 1st drawing.

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What is a Modern Trading Post?

What is a Modern Trading Post? At High Desert Dry Goods, we’re not your average ecommerce store. We are a digital trading post that pairs the convenience of online shopping with the spirit of the Old West. Our unique buy-sell-trade model hearkens back to a time when old pawn was simply pawn, and consumer goods were made with an emphasis on craftsmanship and quality. Many of our vintage items were made in America, and have endured the test of time. We appreciate the lived in patina of these items, and rarely clean up tarnished silver jewelry or barn finds. Vintage objects are the physical embodiment of history, and we love items that tell a story. Vintage Goods Are Green Goods...

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Artist Spotlight: Cochiti Pueblo Potters

The Cochiti are a Keresan tribe located near Santa Fe, New Mexico. Like many of the area's Pueblo tribes, Cochitis moved from functional wares to smaller, packable ceramics as Anglo tourism brought a demand for Native American art as souvenirs. Ceramic vessels from Cochiti are relatively rare, as the tribe is well known for effigies and storyteller figurines. The classic Cochiti motif includes an off white bentonite slip with boiled beeweed painted designs.

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Artist Spotlight: Acoma Pueblo Potters

The finely painted pottery of Acoma differs in style from that of the Rio Grande pueblos, while closely resembling that of neighboring Laguna. Dazzling, bold patterns and fine line work are common on both black and white and polychrome pots.  A revival of the ancient Mimbres pottery designs began in the early 20th Century, when pottery sherds from the archaeological site were shared with local Acoma potters including the legendary Lucy Lewis.

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