Remembering 50 Years of the Crownpoint Rug Auction
At the June 12 Rug Auction, the new group is welcoming home, the Palmer family. The late Lavonne and Bill Palmer were the founders of the Rug Auction which was introduced 50 years ago. The Palmers were owners of the Palmer's Trading Post.
The Palmer children will be present at this Rug Auction to greet friends and relatives.
Navajo weavers and Crownpoint community members have formed a new weavers' association to continue the historic tradition of selling Navajo rugs at auction in Crownpoint, New Mexico.
The first New Crownpoint Rug Auction will be held at the Crownpoint Elementary School. Weavers may submit their rugs and vendors may set up beginning at 4:00 pm, rug submissions will end at 6:30 pm, and the auction will begin at 7:00 pm. Navajo tacos and other food will be available to purchase at the auction.
Auction Bidding Wayne Connell Auctioneer - Photo by Anne Galer
New arrangements for paying weavers are in place to ensure payment for sold rugs. Buyers are welcome to inspect the all-wool, handmade Navajo rugs starting at 4:00 pm in the Elementary School gym.
Crownpoint is located north of I-40 (Thoreau exit #53) on state highway 371. Please email questions or requests for more information to:
Navajo Nation Crownpoint Chapter
Phone: (505) 786-2130/2131
The New Crownpoint Rug Auction welcomes back weavers, vendors and buyers. Come help continue our tradition.
We are the main rug auction and craft sale on
the Navajo Reservation. Leave behind the usual tourist fare and see hundreds of exquisite
handmade Navajo rugs. Our tribe's rugs are world famous, and New Mexico is beautiful!|
Rug Viewing - Photo by Anne Galer
Before and during the auction, a truly large number of Native American crafts people have their wares on sale. You will be astounded at the jewelry, pottery, beadwork, and other items. Many pieces of jewelry, for example, are on sale for $5. You would have to pay two or three times more to purchase the same items elsewhere.
Sorry, we cannot accept personal checks from the outside of the United States
Vendor space fees are 4 by 3 foot $15.00, 5 by 3 foot $20.00
You provide your own tables and chairs.
Setup around 3:30 p.m.
Both the rugs and the crafts are major sources of income for our tribe. If you purchase any of these, you will be doing yourself and us a favor.
Weavers waiting for auction to begin. - Photo by Anne Galer
Where to Stay
Their is no lodging in Crownpoint.
You can stay in you RV in front of the auction at the school for free.
Motel accommodations are available just off of I-40 in Gallup (50 miles west of Thoreau) and Grants (30 miles east of Thoreau)
Note: Train whistles run all night every 30 minutes in Gallup and Grant.
I always stay at the Window Rock Quality Inn Navajo Nation Capital.
(No train noise.)
The following motels are found in Gallup, Grants, and Farmington: Holiday Inn, Super 8, Best Western, Holiday Inn Express, Motel 6, etc.
Location: New Crownpoint Elementary School