IACA Journal, Fall 2014 - page 15

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to speak her mind on anything that per-
tained to the betterment of the IACA.
Doug was a well-known and respected
dealer with years in the business. He un-
derstood organizations and was influen-
tial in the IACA formation.
Al owned a longtime business on the
plaza in Santa Fe. Right away he saw
and understood the mission of the IACA
and never wavered in efforts to build and
sustain the IACA. He was influential with
New Mexico dealers and collectors the
world over.
I did not come to know Rod until after the
IACA was formed. However, as an auc-
tioneer, I recognized his influence in the
trade and among collectors. We had never
met, but he agreed to come on board.
Roger was the director of the Zuni Arts
& Crafts Cooperative. Of all the Native
American artisans, the Zunis arguably
had the greatest skin in the game for a
protective and market-conscious organiza-
tion like the IACA.
Tom is a fourth-generation trader in Na-
vajo country. Very personable and level-
headed, he had good dealer contacts and
great energy for the IACA for many years.
I think that he initially came on board as
a favor and then provided great lead-
ership. He served as the third president
during which time the IACA launched its
first trade show.
Tom was the first Gallup trader to commit
to the IACA. He was well-connected and
respected among dealers and collectors.
He was influential in bringing Al Pack-
ard into the IACA. From the outset he
was a tireless worker. He understood the
quality and integrity of handmade Indian
arts and crafts. He served as the second
Barton was the director of the Northern
Arizona Museum. He was a highly-re-
spected artist and authority on the Hopi
culture. He never wavered in his work
and support for the IACA. He brought a
good measure of prestige to the early IACA
At the Shalimar Inn in Gallup we all met
each other collectively for the first time
in 1973. We held our first meeting, cre-
ated bylaws, elected officers and set the
course for the IACA in one day. It was
the most dedicated, energetic group of
people with which I ever associated. We
were on a mission to which everyone was
committed. By the end of that first day,
we had also determined classifications
of membership and gathered names
of potential people that could become
members and possibly agree to serve on
the board of directors.
First we recruited them into the IACA
and then we roped them in as potential
board members. In 1974 the first unoffi-
cial board of the IACA was replaced with
a duly elected board from the member-
ship classifications that were initially
determined. Other events followed such
as the selection of the first director, Fran
Pawlowski, and lobbying efforts to create
protective legislation in several states. In
1974 the National Park Service adopted
the guidelines of the IACA for its conces-
I was young, energetic, focused, and
fortunate to be a part of what has prov-
en to be a highlight in my life. In the
early years the annual IACA meeting
and trade shows were really an event.
Hundreds of members regularly came
to the annual meetings that were held
from Kansas City to Tucson. For years
Fred Kabotie from Hopi made his annual
suggestion at our board meeting that we
meet in Hawaii. He wanted to get to Ha-
waii in the worst way! Perhaps the most
fun that I had was in 1978 (I think!)
when TomWheeler of Hogback Trading
became the new President. The meeting
was being held in Scottsdale with anoth-
er great turnout. When Tom accepted the
gavel, I paraded out a small pig wear-
ing an imprinted shirt with “Hogback
Trading” and the IACA logo. Everyone
cheered and Tom was perplexed. He was
staying in the hotel for another two days!
I applaud the IACA and its membership
that has been sustained for forty years.
The cause and ideals are no less signifi-
cant today than they were in the early 70s.
Keep fighting the good fight!
—John D. Kennedy
IACA President - 1974
Bob hung in with me for the long haul
and hosted the first official meeting of the
After several “recruiting” trips I was ready
to give up on Tucson. Mark called me to
say that if I would come back again, he
could get about twenty people to attend.
From that time on, Mark was a tireless
ambassador of the IACA and later served
as president. He is a respected dealer,
author, and authority on Native American
Leo and his wife, Monte, had a retail
store. Leo was the business manager for
the county school system. Both he and
Monte were among the nicest people I ever
met. Leo brought good sense and stability
to our group.
Bill and his wife, Thea, were long-time
reputable and respected dealers in Cal-
ifornia. Early on they saw the coming
onslaught to the handmade Indian arts
and crafts market. I was glad that he lent
his reputation and integrity to the IACA.
Fannie was the general manager of the
Navajo Arts & Crafts Guild. She had an
uncanny eye for quality that attracted
many dealers and collectors. She was very
grounded and contributed a great deal.
Mike was a very likeable guy who retired
from corporate America, moved to Reno,
and opened an Indian shop. He had
good organizational sense and traveled
throughout the southwest. His good sense
and contacts were important to the IACA.
Like Fannie, Fred was the prime force
behind his tribe’s arts and craft coopera-
tive, the Hopi Arts & Crafts Guild. He was
a prominent artist and lent his reputation
and people skills to building the IACA.
Theresa was Joseph Lonewolf ’s wife. She
ran the business aspect of his pottery
enterprise that allowed him to devote his
quality time to creating pottery. Theresa
was influential with many prominent
people in the trade. She was never hesitant
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