February 6th: First Tuesday

The Hidden History of the Indian Arts Business

Guest Speaker: Mark Bahti, Researcher/Author/Collector

Mark Bahti, Researcher/Author/Collector

Mark Bahti is one of the premier Native American art and crafts dealers in the United States. His father, Tom Bahti, opened Tom Bahti Indian Arts in Tucson during 1952. In 1966, Tom authored the first general introduction to the work of artists of the Southwest region. Entitled Southwest Indian Arts and Crafts, it was the first of a trilogy of books – Southwest Indian Tribes and Southwest Indian Ceremonials, that together have sold over a million copies, and have been revised and expanded by his son Mark in subsequent editions.

Mark took over upon Tom's death in 1972 and continues to run the Bahti Indian Arts in Tucson, and he opened a second shop in Santa Fe. Some of the artists that Mark works with are the great-great grandchildren of artisans who sold to Tom Bahti.

A researcher/author like his father, Mark has written a number of books as well, including A Consumer's Guide to Southwest Indian Art, Pueblo Stories and Storytellers, Navajo Sandpainting Art (co-authored with Eugene Baatsoslanii Joe), Collecting Southwest Native American Jewelry, Southwest Indian Weaving, Southwest Indian Designs, Spirit in the Stone (a book on animal carvings and fetishes) and Stone and Silver (profiling dozens of silversmiths). He is also working on a book on the history of Southwest Indian jewelry plus a couple research projects, having just revised and expanded Spirit in the Stone.

And, like his father before him, Mark continues to be involved with Indian-run organizations addressing education, health and employment issues. He is a long-time (40+ years) board member of the Tucson Indian Center, is past Chair of the Institute of American Indian Arts' Foundation in Santa Fe and served 3 terms on the board of Southwest Association on Indian Arts, which runs the famed Santa Fe Indian Market. He also serves on the board of the Amerind Foundation.

Regarding Mark’s lecture, “The Hidden History of the Indian Art Business,” Bahti shares: “Oysters, circus wagons, fly-tying and Rattlesnake Annie are all a part of the amazing narrative of the Indian arts business from its inception to the present. And that doesn’t even scratch the surface. A trader who spoke Latin, a Hopi potter who was photographed in the flapper dress of the day - in Paris, why Pendleton blankets were more expensive than Navajo rugs and the Navajo leader who invested in diamonds. Buckle up for a fast-paced overview of the fascinating world of Southwest Indian art and all those who were (and still are!) a part of it.”


Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Buffet dinner at 6 p.m.

Menu

Green Chile Pork
Chicken Cacciatore
Pollo Asado
Frijoles Rancheros
Elote Rice
Sonoran Succotash
Warm Tortillas

FWA Members $60
Non-FWA Members $75


Mark's Presentation:

Join us from 7 – 8 p.m.

Includes presentation, coffee/tea, and light desserts.

FWA Members $20
Non-FWA Members $35


Payment must be included with all reservations to guarantee your spot. Reservation deadline is Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at noon.

There are no refunds if you are unable to keep your reservation.

To cancel, please call (520) 907-2885 or email info@friendsofwesternart.org

Venue Info: 6400 E El Dorado Plaza Tucson, AZ 85715

January 9th:
First Tuesday

The Hidden History of the Indian Arts Business

Guest Speaker:
Mark Bahti
Researcher/Author/Collector

Mark Bahti, Researcher/Author/Collector

Mark Bahti is one of the premier Native American art and crafts dealers in the United States. His father, Tom Bahti, opened Tom Bahti Indian Arts in Tucson during 1952. In 1966, Tom authored the first general introduction to the work of artists of the Southwest region. Entitled Southwest Indian Arts and Crafts, it was the first of a trilogy of books – Southwest Indian Tribes and Southwest Indian Ceremonials, that together have sold over a million copies, and have been revised and expanded by his son Mark in subsequent editions.

Mark took over upon Tom's death in 1972 and continues to run the Bahti Indian Arts in Tucson, and he opened a second shop in Santa Fe. Some of the artists that Mark works with are the great-great grandchildren of artisans who sold to Tom Bahti.

A researcher/author like his father, Mark has written a number of books as well, including A Consumer's Guide to Southwest Indian Art, Pueblo Stories and Storytellers, Navajo Sandpainting Art (co-authored with Eugene Baatsoslanii Joe), Collecting Southwest Native American Jewelry, Southwest Indian Weaving, Southwest Indian Designs, Spirit in the Stone (a book on animal carvings and fetishes) and Stone and Silver (profiling dozens of silversmiths). He is also working on a book on the history of Southwest Indian jewelry plus a couple research projects, having just revised and expanded Spirit in the Stone.

And, like his father before him, Mark continues to be involved with Indian-run organizations addressing education, health and employment issues. He is a long-time (40+ years) board member of the Tucson Indian Center, is past Chair of the Institute of American Indian Arts' Foundation in Santa Fe and served 3 terms on the board of Southwest Association on Indian Arts, which runs the famed Santa Fe Indian Market. He also serves on the board of the Amerind Foundation.

Regarding Mark’s lecture, “The Hidden History of the Indian Art Business,” Bahti shares: “Oysters, circus wagons, fly-tying and Rattlesnake Annie are all a part of the amazing narrative of the Indian arts business from its inception to the present. And that doesn’t even scratch the surface. A trader who spoke Latin, a Hopi potter who was photographed in the flapper dress of the day - in Paris, why Pendleton blankets were more expensive than Navajo rugs and the Navajo leader who invested in diamonds. Buckle up for a fast-paced overview of the fascinating world of Southwest Indian art and all those who were (and still are!) a part of it.”


Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Buffet dinner at 6 p.m.

Menu

Green Chile Pork
Pollo Asado
Frijoles Rancheros
Elote Rice
Sonoran Succotash
Warm Tortillas

FWA Members $60
Non-FWA Members $75


Mark's Presentation:

From 7 – 8 p.m.

Includes presentation, coffee/tea, and light desserts.

FWA Members $20
Non-FWA Members $35


Payment must be included with all reservations to guarantee your spot. Reservation deadline is Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at noon.

There are no refunds if you are unable to keep your reservation.

To cancel, please call (520) 907-2885 or email info@friendsofwesternart.org

Venue Info: 6400 E El Dorado Plaza Tucson, AZ 85715