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Courtney Puffer

Courtney Puffer
Courtney Puffer is a writer and art dealer, who runs Pacific Western Traders with his father, Herb, in Folsom, California. Courtney is extremely knowledgeable about native American art and customs. Sadly, Courtney passed away on 17th September, 2008, while on a business trip, but his writing lives on at NewsBlaze.
Insects and Other Beings, Frank LaPena, Mixed media of paper.

Cycles of Songs and Stories Lead to Native Images

LaPena shared the appreciation of his native heritage with his students whilst a professor of art and director of Native American studies at California State University, Sacramento.
Three Maidu Baby Carriers, known as Tutum

Traditional California & Nevada Baby Carrier

Each tribal style is distinctive and continues in use, to be treasured as family heirlooms. In the Northern Paiute language, hooppu is the term for baby carrier or cradle.
Aguilar Shebang, Natural horsehair, vintage dice, bingo chips, miniature playing cards, glass beads, shells, mother of pearl, abalone bottoms.

California Gaming Baskets and ‘Named’ Baskets on Show

California Gaming Baskets: Inspired by traditional gaming in native culture, as well as the games introduced by the Church and others.
Sealskin art

Spectacular Rare Sealskin Pen & Ink Drawing

Walrus are hunted for meat - all parts of the animal are used: skin, bone and ivory, including the oosik - the latter three for tools and carvings for sale.
Traditional Pomo Baby Carriers made from peeled and unpeeled willow, handmade dogbane twine and cordage by Luwana Quitiquit.

Traditional Pomo Cultural Arts With a Twist

Using only traditional materials such as tules, willows, cattails, and dogbane, they make baskets, traps, baby carriers and children's toys, using age-old techniques.
Gaming basket Bingo at Our House: Natural white and dyed horsehair, vintage Bingo tiles and buttons, Abalone and Mother of Pearl Buttons, and Glass beads, by Linda Aguilar

California Gaming Baskets

The California Gaming Basket Collection is a series of baskets inspired by traditional gaming in native culture; as well as the games introduced by the Church and others.
Hunt Wildman mask

Northwest Coast Exhibit

Masks, Boxes, Carvings, Dolls and Paintings from the Native Peoples of the Northwest Coast of North America and Alaska.
Linda Aguilar Gaming Basket Collection.

Linda Aguilar – Chumash, Prominent Native American Basket Weaver

When Nelson Mandela of South Africa visited Los Angeles, Mayor Tom Bradley presented him with one of Aguilar's baskets; as well, The Dalai Lama has been presented with her baskets.
basketry beaded wire

Basket Weavers of The Past, Present Honored at Special Event

When Pacific Western Traders opened in October of 1971 there were basketry demonstrations by three prominent weavers: Mabel McKay (Pomo), Frances McDaniel (Wintun) and Florence Harrie (Karuk).
Beaded Basket

Fine Horsehair Basketry By Linda Aguilar

Aguilar's reputation as an artist is such that a basket of hers was added to the permanent collection of outstanding examples of contemporary art in the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Anita Blue Heron Maidu Echoes from the American River. By Gayle Anita.

Maidu Echoes from the American River

Traces of an indigenous culture are scattered throughout the remains of the California Gold Rush. From the village site Shiba in Fair Oaks to Yolimhu in Folsom, great bedrock mortars echo the First People.

Wearable Art Display at Second Saturday Reception

Pacific Western Traders presents a wearable art display at Second Saturday reception, including a collection of garments inspired by the Ghost Dance regalia, spectacular necklaces and finely fashioned beadwork.
burial platform

Closer to the Sky

Closer to the Sky is inspired by the burial platforms used by the Native Americans.

Puffer Family Collections of Paintings and Drawings

Exhibit of Paintings and Drawings From the Collections of The Puffer Family and Pacific Western Traders May 19 to July 8, 2007

Yokuts Indian Artifacts From The Collection of Frank F. Latta

An offering of fine and rare artifacts collected by Frank F. Latta, renowned authority and author of Handbook of Yokuts Indians is open for viewing in Folsom, California, from March 31 to May 21 2007.
virgin of guadalupe in black and white

Virgin of Guadalupe & Religious Folk Art of Mexico

The Virgin of Guadalupe is one of the most powerful women in the Americas. She is a leader of armies, a focus of spiritual devotion, a tender motherly comfort as well as inspiration for artists.
Days of the Dead, Tree of Life, painted ceramic, Izucar de Matamoros.

Days of the Dead Exhibit, 35th Anniversary Celebration

Much more than just an annual exhibit of the Days of the Dead, it is an altar. Many cultures have celebrations commemorating their ancestors. Mexico's celebration is the Days of the Dead, los Dias de Muertos.
Plein Air of Lake Natoma by Vicki Asp

Shopping Bag Show, 35th Anniversary Celebration

The Shopping Bag Show at Pacific Western Traders was started when one artist, Gayle Anita, an avid tracker, started painting animal paw prints on the shopping bags at the gallery.
Toto Dancer at Bloomer Hill

Frank Day, Historian and Legend Painter Showcased in California

California Gallery to showcase Legend Painter's work, a legend in his own right. Frank Day, excellent Maidu historian, preserved his heritage through expressions of Maidu legends and history.
Lidded Natural Horsehair basket, glass beads and shell

Chumash Fine Horsehair Basketry by Respected Native American Basket Weaver

One of Aguilar's baskets was added to the permanent collection of outstanding examples of contemporary art in the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution...