Best Buys on Navajo Rugs; Economic Summit Scheduled

If you’ve always wanted to buy a quality Navajo rug as an heirloom and décor, there’s no better place to easily immerse yourself in both traditional and modern Navajo culture and snag a rug purchased directly from Navajo weavers than the Crownpoint Rug Auction, held the second Friday evening of every month.=

A tradition for over 50 years, the Crownpoint Rug Auction, held in the gymnasium of Crownpoint Elementary School places you immediately in the audience at the same auction that store buyers from around the region attend to buy merchandise for shops and stores (after which they mark them up significantly in price).  Just 15% of your winning bid price goes to the Navajo Rug Weavers’ Association of Crownpoint, with the full balance going to the weaver.  Weavers from across the reservation begin registering rugs at 4:00 p.m. and you can browse, choose your favorites and create your own bid list.  The auction begins at 7:00 p.m.  Several hundred rugs are typically auctioned in one night, something for every taste and budget.

Crownpoint is a tiny dot on the map, 58 driving miles northeast of Gallup.  Take I-40 east from Gallup, New Mexico to Thoreau, New Mexico, then north on New Mexico Hwy. 371.  Food and Arts & Crafts vendors line the school hallways.

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The Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development is hosting the Fourth Annual 2019 Navajo Nation Economic Summit, “Partnerships to Strengthen Opportunities”, April 22 to 24, at the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort, 20 minutes east of Flagstaff.

A wide range of topics presented by regional experts kicks off at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 22nd.  Registration for the Summit is $200.  Call (505) 368-1321, or visit