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No More Wall Space?  No Problem!

No More Wall Space? No Problem! 0

Our wonderful clients from San Antonio sent this to us:

"Finding the right place for our collection of Navajo rugs, blankets and serapes that we have purchased from your gallery over the years is not easy. I made this bench seat of cherry wood that finally works. It is 7’ wide and 30” high. I thought you would enjoy seeing how great it works as well. Do you recognize them? Many years of enjoyment".

Yes, we recognize ALL of them. What a wonderful way to display.  We will mention to collectors who complain they have run out of wall space - that they might need a bench! 

  • Beth Barth
Update - Hand Wash Stations on the Navajo and Hopi Nation

Update - Hand Wash Stations on the Navajo and Hopi Nation 0

Here is an update we received from Red Feather on 6/17/2020:


Thank you for supporting our handwashing campaign for Navajo and Hopi families without running water.

Since first posting the idea to social media we have had over 200 requests for help and that keeps growing every day. We have been blown away by the outpouring of support from compassionate individuals located all over the United States and even from abroad. To date, we have raised approximately $40,000, received multiple in-kind contributions, and had a strong network of volunteers contribute their time and expertise in helping to build the units.

It has taken us some time to ramp up our capacity, but things are starting to move along now. Global shortages (due to COVID) for some of the materials needed in the construction of the handwashing systems has presented some hurdles, but we are addressing these as fast as we can.

We realize not everyone uses social media, but if you do, we encourage you to visit our Facebook page to see regular program updates, including pictures and videos of families receiving help. It is always a tricky thing for nonprofits to understand how best to communicate with our supporters like you. We have been considering using text to phone to provide updates as not everyone checks their email regularly. If this is something that would interest you, please send us a short reply to this email saying please text me updates. We promise not to overwhelm you with too many messages regardless of how we share our work.

If you have any questions, please reach out at any time.

Below are a few pictures from our recent volunteer event and attached are pictures of families getting helped.

Joe Seidenberg
Executive Director
Red Feather Development Group
2501 N. 4th St. Suite 17
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
(P) 928-440-5119

 Red Feathers volunteers

Volunteers for Red Feather



  • Beth Barth
With Love From the Navajo Nation

With Love From the Navajo Nation 0

Elvie Vanwinkle just finished this incredibly colorful Moki made with 100% Churro wool.  Her granddaughter Peyton is sending love from the Navajo Nation.  Something all of us could use right now!

This weaving won't last long:

Churro 1637,  Moki, Elvie Vanwinkle, 25 1/2" x 27 1/2", $ 3,000

  • Beth Barth
Hand Washing Stations on the Navajo and Hopi Nations

Hand Washing Stations on the Navajo and Hopi Nations 0


Nizhoni Ranch Gallery received this information from Red Feather.  Red Feather is a non-profit organization that supports American Indian Nations and who we have supported for years.  

With the COVID-19 pandemic they have shifted their main focus of helping Navajo and Hopi with housing needs,  to improving access to hand washing in communities without running water.  

We hope you will consider making a donation to this worthy cause.


Soaring Rates of COVID & Lack of Access to Running Water Put Native Communities at High Risk

Navajo Nation now has the highest COVID-19 infection rates in the country, per-capita. Please help us reduce this number and protect valuable lives by improving access to handwashing in communities without running water. 

One the best preventive measures for stopping the spread of COVID-19 and staying healthy is thorough handwashing. Yet, for many families living on the Navajo and Hopi Nations, doing so on a regular basis is a tremendous challenge due to the lack of running water in their homes. It is estimated that roughly 40% of Navajo homes lack running water, and a sizable portion of Hopi homes, as well.    

It is recommended that people wash their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds, but when you have limited water supplies this can be a real challenge. Generally, most homes already have a method for securing water, whether this be hauling it themselves or having it delivered.  They also have some type handwashing system in place, but they tend to be small, perhaps only a basin of water that is shared by multiple family members numerous times.  
Existing Handwashing Station
What is needed most is running piped water to every home in need, but this a massive undertaking that will take decades if not longer to implement. What is needed in the interim, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and help with improving general hygiene, are easily accessible, durable, and high capacity handwashing stations. Fortunately, the nonprofit LavaMaeˣ has developed a DIY design and toolkit for a station that allows for up to 500 handwashings with one fill-up of the unit-pictured below.

Our goal is to raise enough funding to facilitate the construction of 100 units. At an estimated cost of $300 each we are hoping to raise a total of $30,000.00   Our plan for construction of the units is to use volunteer and homeowner labor.

Since first posting this idea on Facebook, we have had over 40,000 views. We do not pretend this an easy undertaking, nor that we have every detail solved. Procurement of materials alone poses significant challenges, but we cannot sit idly by and do nothing.  We must act, and we must do so now.

Both financial contributions and volunteer labor are needed.   Please help however you can, and we ask that you share this campaign widely with your family and friends. By acting quickly and collectively, we will make an impactful contribution to the health and safety of Hopi and Navajo communities during this time of crisis.

Warm Regards,

Joe Seidenberg
Red Feather Development Group
Executive Director
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Red Feather Development Group
  • Beth Barth
Tough Times on the Navajo Nation

Tough Times on the Navajo Nation 0

, 4/29/2020

Residents on the Navajo Nation will be under another lockdown this weekend as the tribe seeks to keep the coronavirus from spreading even further into communities.

The lockdown is the fourth the tribe has implemented. It comes around the first of the month when tribal members often travel to towns bordering the reservation to shop for food and other supplies.

Tribal officials say they are working with businesses on the reservation to create safeguards for Navajo elders, such as extending shopping hours exclusively for them and others who are at high risk for contracting the coronavirus.

Anyone who doesn't need to leave their homes for food, medicine or in the case of an emergency is being told to stay home.

“We don’t want to see any more lives lost, and we don’t want to see our Diné people sick," Vice President Myron Lizer said. "It's sad and it's devastating for many families.”

The weekend lockdown starts Friday at 8 p.m. MDT and ends Monday at 5 a.m. MDT.

As of Tuesday, the tribe’s health officials reported 1,873 positive cases of COVID-19 and 60 deaths. The 27,000 square-mile (70,000 square-kilometer) reservation stretches into Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. 4/29/2020


Per-Capita, the Navajo Nation is just behind New York and New Jersey in the amount of people testing positive.  FEMA has set up field hospitals in Chinle and Shiprock that will be operational by this weekend.  


  • Beth Barth
Navajo Tree of Life going to Papua New Guinea

Navajo Tree of Life going to Papua New Guinea 0

Why of all places in the world would the US embassy in Port Moresby Papua New Guinea choose a Navajo weaving to adorn one of their walls?  

We had a hunch.  The US embassy wanted to show appreciation to the Navajo Code Talkers who were stationed in the area of Papua New Guinea.  

More about the Navajo Code Talkers and how they shaped WW2 go to:

  • Beth Barth
25% Off Store Wide Sale!!

25% Off Store Wide Sale!! 0

Working from Home!


We are all feeling the effects of the Corona Virus. First and foremost, our hearts go out to anyone who's been impacted by the virus. Our thoughts are especially with those who are sick and wish them a full recovery.

The Navajo Nation has been hit incredibly hard. It has the 2nd largest number of Corona Virus cases per capita in Arizona. In an effort to slow the spread, the President of the Navajo Nation, Jonathan Nez issued a voluntary stay at home order in mid-March and on 3/31/2020 imposed a Navajo Nation curfew.

To protect everyone, we have temporarily suspended visits to the gallery. We are here for you via email, phone and through our website.

We have supported our weavers for close to 50 years, in good times and bad. This pandemic and economic crisis will be no different. We will continue to supply wool to our weavers and pay them as they weave. Please help us support our weavers during this trying time by taking advantage of our 25% Off Store Wide Sale!

We will be posting weavings to the website daily. Please check in often. Also, if you are looking for something in particular and you don’t see it on our website – give us a call. We just might have it in the vault.

  • Beth Barth
Looks Spectacular!

Looks Spectacular! 0

One of our favorite customers sent us a photo of his most recent purchase.  He purchased this manta specifically to work with his custom made bed, inlaid with copper.  The combination of the yellow comforter topped with Master weaver Jalucie Marianito's Serape looks incredible.  He has a excellent eye.  A beautiful piece of artwork hangs above the bed - you may recognize the artist.

Thanks for sharing!

  • Beth Barth
A Bit of Fun From Nizhoni Ranch Gallery

A Bit of Fun From Nizhoni Ranch Gallery 1

As parents and grand parents of kids at home - Gail thought it might be fun to share a little Navajo Rug history through a cross word puzzle!  Fun for adults too we hope!  Please feel free to save the image (right click) and print.  All answers are on the website, so you'll need to do a bit of hunting (if one is a stumper give us a call).

Crossword Puzzle





  • Beth Barth
More From Jackson Hole

More From Jackson Hole 0

 Just spent 3 wonderful days at the Nizhoni Ranch Gallery in Sonoita AZ. We have been friends with Steve and Gail for over 30 years. They invited us to be their guests for a private house concert by Dave Stamey. It was awesome, amongst all the gorgeous Navajo weavings, baskets, Stickley furniture and antique lamps. It was an amazing magical setting. Steve and Gail were, as always, such gracious hosts and we are always blown away with the huge collection of museum quality Navajos, and Steve’s knowledge of each and every one of them. Of course, we left with a few rugs and baskets. How could we not!!! But we also left with a renewed appreciation for the quality of each piece, the love Steve has for each one, and their continued care and concern for the Navajo weavers that they support. They have founded the organization Forever Navajo to help the weavers and keep the Navajo weaving tradition alive.
Thank you, Steve and Gail for a memory of a lifetime. You are great friends.
Tom and Bobbie 

 Jackson Hole Navajo Rug and native american baskets

 Jackson Hole Navajo Rug Nizhoni Ranch Gallery


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Off to Jackson Hole Wyoming!

Off to Jackson Hole Wyoming! 0

Thanks T & B for sending us these pictures! The single and double saddle blankets look great and the Moki fits perfectly!

Nizhoni Ranch Gallery Testimonial


Nizhoni Ranch Gallery Testimonial

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Dave Stamey in the House - Private Concert Held at Nizhoni Ranch Gallery

Dave Stamey in the House - Private Concert Held at Nizhoni Ranch Gallery 1

Dave Stamey,  Cowboys and Indians Magazine has called him “the Charlie Russell of Western Music.” Western Horseman Magazine has declared his “Vaquero Song” to be one of the greatest Western songs of all time. True West Magazine named him Best Living Western Solo Musician four years in a row.

Dave Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler, and is now one of the most popular Western entertainers working today. He has been voted seven times Entertainer of the Year, seven times Male Performer of the Year and Five times Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association, and received the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists. He’s delighted audiences in twenty three states, and finds that he prefers this to being stomped by angry horses.

In November of 2016 Dave was inducted into the Western Music Hall of Fame.


Gail and Steve Getzwiller - Nizhoni Ranch Gallery hosted a private concert  with Dave Stamey 2/25/2020.  What a wonderful event!

Dave Stamey with Baxter Black and Cindy Lou
Baxter Black with Dave and Melissa Stamey.

Dave Stamey with Kat Crockett and George Whitmil
Dave with Kat Crockett and George Whitmill


Dave Stamey - Nizhoni Ranch Gallery 2020

Dave Stamey concert and Nizhoni Ranch Gallery

Dave Stamey Concert Nizhoni Ranch Gallery

 Good Dog Dave Stamey
Buy Dave's Stamey's great album,  Good Dog!



  • Beth Barth