Navajo Rug Sale

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Natural History Museum of Utah, Rio Tinto Center

Presented by Toh-Atin Gallery of Durango, Colorado, NHMU will be hosting a sale of Navajo rugs of all sizes and design styles, handwoven by artists in the Four Corners region. The format is that of a silent auction, but every rug also has a "buy it now" price.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit our museum. A unique feature of this auction allows the first bidder to buy the rug immediately by paying 20% over the minimum bid.

  • 10 a.m.–5 p.m. — The silent auction will take place at the Museum (last bids at 4 p.m.).
  • 10 a.m.–12 p.m. — Guests are invited to bring their own rugs to the Museum for evaluation and restoration advice from Jackson Clark II, a third generation trader and owner of Toh-Atin Gallery.
  • 2 p.m. — Walking tour and talk by Jackson Clark II 
  • All day — A trunk show of quality Native American jewelry will take place, including work by artists Jimmie Poyer, Wilson Begay, Selena Warner, Roland Begay, and others. 

Navajo weaver LaVera Ambrose with her work.
Traditional Navajo weaving will also be demonstrated during the auction by LaVera Ambrose. Ambrose is the granddaughter of Rose Yazzie, the matriarch of the Spider Rock Weavers from Canyon de Chelly, Arizona. She weaves with hand-spun wool colored by vegetal dyes. 

H. Jackson Clark II is the owner of Toh-Atin Gallery in Durango, Colorado, one of the most respected Native American art galleries in the country. Clark’s family has a long history of working with American Indian artisans.

He spent time with his father, traveling the Navajo reservation, visiting trading posts and weavers, and developed a admiration and respect for the people and their artwork. Clark’s mother was raised at a trading post and he and his sister spent much of their summers at the post.

Today, after four decades in the business, Clark is an expert on Navajo weaving and regularly gives presentations on Native American art at conferences, museum gatherings and gallery showings. 

Museum admission is not required to attend the Navajo Rug Sale