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    Our family has been trading with the native people of the Four Corners area for five generations. We are noted for our encouragement of innovation and quality in Navajo textiles. Browse our gallery for the finest in rugs, Navajo and Zuni jewelry, Navajo and Apache basketry and other items. We carry a full line of yarns spun specifically for Navajo style weaving and other supplies for weaving in the Navajo way. Please consult our auction and show schedule to see when R.B. Burnham and Co. may be coming to a location near you or in a place where you would like to be. Let us show you the excitement of Native American art at the dawn of a new century.

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    Visit Us at the Premier Glendale Indian Market Expo Dec. 20-21

    --December 18th, 2014--

    Learn clever ways to accessorize your wardrobe this weekend!

    Come see us at the Glendale Indian Market this coming weekend, December 20th and 21st.  We love to have people visit us at the trading post in Sanders, but it’s also fun to pack up some of our best treasures and bring them to a place where some of our friends live.  You can stop by and browse, visit with us and maybe leave with a new treasure for your collection.  The market is located at 6112 N. 56th Ave. in Glendale, Arizona and will be open from 9 AM to 5 PM both days.  We’ll have a little of everything with us.

    Doing trade shows helps us to keep buying from our local artists during the slower winter months when many other traders have to put up the “Not buying today” sign.  It also means that we get some of the nicest pieces of art that are available to bring with us.  It helps the artists, you get to see some of the best things and we get to see you!  What a deal!   Of course, we’ll also have fine vintage pieces from collectors and estates too.  We’ll leave you with a few pictures of some our previous trade show offerings.  We hope to see you at the Glendale Indian Market!




    Off to Santa Fe! The R.B. Burnham Native Treasures Show

    --August 18th, 2014--

    The participants in the Native Treasures Show bring an interesting and varied selection that you’ll enjoy browsing!

    R.B. Burnham Native Treasures Show Here We Come!

    We’re packing up the choicest and most delectable items from our collection and getting them ready for your perusal at the R.B. Burnham Native Treasures Show at the El Dorado Hotel Pavilion in Santa Fe. The show starts on Thursday at 1 PM and is open from 8 AM to 6 PM Friday through Sunday. Joining us will be dozens of artists and traders from all over the Southwest. There will be jewelry, apparel, furniture, paintings, pottery, rugs and much more. Come and visit with our family and friends this Thursday through Sunday.

    You’ll find us at the El Dorado Hotel Pavilion, 309 West San Francisco St., Santa Fe.  It’s a quiet place to browse in the morning and a shady stop on a hot afternoon.  Visit with traders like Bill Malone and Bruce Burnham and see the latest rugs.  Take a look at the jewelry from Azalia Begaye, Ray Yazzie and many others.  Here’s a link to a map and other event information to help you in getting there.

    See You There!

    Still not sure about coming?  Maybe these pictures will convince you.


    Want a BIG Rug? It’s Pueblo Grande Museum Navajo Rug Auction Time!

    --October 31st, 2013--
    Bessie Yazzie with Storm Pattern Rug

    Bessie Yazzie’s large Storm Pattern rug will be one of the offerings at Saturday’s auction. Yes, we do accept absentee bids.

    We are getting ready to head for the Valley of the Sun for this weekend’s 8th Annual Pueblo Grande Museum Navajo Rug Auction.   If you’ve been to one of our auctions, you know that there are always some standouts in the offerings and this weekend, we think that Bessie Yazzie’s 10’x12′ Storm Pattern masterpiece will be one of them.  It is very unusual for a large contemporary rug like this come onto the market, much less come to an auction venue.  The rug is very well woven, lies flat on the floor.  We do have some other pictures of it and we take absentee bids, so please contact us if you are interested.   We may have some other large rugs coming into the auction and we’ll also be glad to talk you about those.

    The Spider Rock Girls, Emily Malone and her family will also be at the auction to demonstrate weaving and visit with you.  If you’ve met the girls before, you’ll want to stop by and catch up with them.  If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting them and seeing their unique rugs, you’re in for a rare privilege.  They’ll also have several rugs in the auction.  Emily surprised us with a new design (pictured below held by her daugher Alyssa) two weeks ago in Flagstaff.  That rug sold at the Flagstaff auction, but we’ll see what Emily has been up to since then!

    Emily Malone Spider Rock Ye'i

    Emily Malone’s daughter holds her mother’s new Spider Rock Ye’i rug.

    Here are details on the time and location of the auction.  We would love to see  you Saturday!

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    Pueblo Grande Museum

    4619 E. Washington St.

    Phoenix, AZ

    Preview 9 AM-11:30 AM Auction at noon

    Details:  approximately 300 contemporary and vintage rugs, pottery, jewelry and baskets

    Link to Pueblo Grande Museum Information


    Phone:(602) 495-0901

    Email: pueblo.grande.museum.pks@phoenix.gov

    Rug auction long running outlet for Navajo weavers: from the The Daily Courier and Auction Central News

    --March 29th, 2013--

    This is a Two Grey Hills dating back to the 1950s, and may have been made by the Mailboy family of the Two Grey Hills area. It measures 56 by 94 inches. The asking price was $3,125.
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    This article appears with the permission of  the Associated Press:


    Originally published: WEDNESDAY, 27 MARCH 2013 14:21

    PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) – Navajo rugs can start at $25 a pop, while others can shoot up into thousands of dollars at the drop of a hat, or the raising of a hand.

    Such is the climate at the Indian Art and Navajo Rug Auction, held annually at Prescott’s historic Smoki Museum. Crowds filled the interior of the historic locale for the 2013 event, which marked its 16th year in Prescott. Auctions took place March 15 and 16, following previews that featured hundreds of examples of contemporary and historic Indian art including pottery, baskets, jewelry, Kachinas and other items. On March 16, 300 Navajo weavings were also put on the auction block for buyers to bid on.

    Guards were also on hand to protect the merchandise.

    Navajo Trader and auctioneer Bruce Burnham is the fourth generation of a family in the trading business.

    “I come by it honestly. We’ve been in the trading business since about 1886,” he said. “My daughter is the next generation and her daughter is the sixth generation in our operation, so it’s a family deal.”

    The role of a trader, he explained, is to take care of the community itself.

    “That’s what got us involved in rug auctions,” Burnham said. “Growing up, I heard my grandfather tell people that if you want a Navajo rug, now is a good time to buy it, because it’s a dying art. It’s not a dying art. There has never been a time you couldn’t open the back of a store and haul out more rugs than you can sell.”

    Burnham, along with his partner Hank Blair, considers trading his way to give back to the Navajo community. Burnham himself lives on the Navajo reservation, but travels frequently to sell rugs throughout the United States. Throughout the course of a year, he’ll travel to Los Angeles and as far as Indianapolis to auction rugs.

    “We sell over $1 million in rugs every year at auction. Most of which are rugs directly from the weavers,” Burnham said. “We do about 18 auctions a year.”

    Funds from each sale go back to the weavers on the Navajo Reservation, he added. Typically, crafters from the Navajo reservation will line up outside his door to receive their earnings the day after an auction, he said.

    The nonprofit Smoki Museum’s mission, according to Executive Director Cindy Gresser, is to instill understanding and respect for the indigenous cultures of the Southwest. Funds raised from the auction help the museum operate.

    “It’s our major fundraiser. We seek funding from a variety of sources, but this is a major driver for us economically. We put a lot of effort into it and it’s become one of those auctions that’s very well known in the Southwest,” Gresser said.

    The auction itself can often go quickly, she said.

    “It depends on what the market is, what people are looking for and what they’re buying these days, but generally speaking we sell a very high percentage of our rugs at auction, 50 percent or better,” Gresser said. “We consign a lot of the merchandise through Ogg’s on Cortez. He’s a fixture here in town, probably the best known Indian art expert in this area.”

    Merchandise, she said, can range from relatively inexpensive to very costly.

    “Here you can get a small Navajo rug, that maybe isn’t in the best condition, but can be restored to something beautiful, up to something worth, literally, tens of thousands of dollars,” Gresser said.

    Smoki Museum Docent Linda Young served as chairwoman for the recent rug auction. She has volunteered at the museum for nine years. While art at the auction hails from a number of tribes, rugs hail strictly from the Navajo reservation, she said.

    The weekend auction was held in the historic Pueblo building, the original clubhouse for the Smoki people, built in 1931.

    Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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