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At the Shalimar Inn in Gallup we all met each other collectively for the first time in 1973. We held our first
meeting, created 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 unofficial board of the IACA
was replaced with a duly elected board from the membership 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 concessionaires.
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Doug Allard
(St. Ignatius, MT). Doug was a prominent
auctioneer that plied his trade throughout the western US.
He knew most prominent collectors and many dealers. He
was a very personable and likeable guy.
Bob Allen
(First State Bank, Gallup, NM). Bob hung in
with me for the long haul and hosted the first official meet-
ing of the IACA.
Mark Bahti
(Tucson, AZ). 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 Amer-
ican handcrafts.
Leo Calac
(Escondido, CA). 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 Connelly
(Arcadia, CA). Bill and his wife, Thea, were
long-time reputable and respected dealers in California.
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 Ettsity
(Window Rock, AZ). Fannie was the gen-
eral manager of the Navajo Arts & Crafts Guild. She had
an uncanny eye for quality that attracted many dealers and
collectors. She, too, was very grounded and contributed a
great deal.
Mike Hoeck
(Reno, NV). 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.
Fred Kabotie
(Second Mesa, AZ). Like Fannie, Fred was
the prime force behind his tribe’s arts and craft cooperative,
the Hopi Arts & Crafts Guild. He was a prominent artist
and lent his reputation and people skills to building the
Theresa Lonewolf
(Santa Clara, NM). 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 promi-
nent people in the trade. She was never hesitant to speak
her mind on anything that pertained to the betterment of
the IACA.
Doug Murphy
(Clines Corners, NM). Doug was a well-
known and respected dealer with years in the business. He
understood organizations and was influential in the IACA
Al Packard
(Santa Fe). 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.
Rod Savageau
(California). I did not come to know Rod
until after the IACA was formed. However, as an auction-
eer, I recognized his influence in the trade and among col-
lectors. We had never met, but he agreed to come on
Roger Tsebethsaye
(Zuni, NM). 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 organi-
zation like the IACA.
Tom Wheeler
(Hogback, NM). Tom is a fourth-genera-
tion trader in Navajo 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 leadership. He
served as the third president during which time the IACA
launched its first trade show.
Tom Woodard
(Gallup, NM). 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 Packard into the IACA. From the outset he
was a tireless worker. He understood the quality and in-
tegrity of handmade Indian arts and crafts. He served as
the second president.
Barton Wright
(Flagstaff, AZ). Barton was the director of
the Northern Arizona Museum. He was a highly-respected
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 pedigree.