On Nov. 25, 2012 the Albuquerque Journal newspaper (North) reported that an expensive Navajo Indian made rug was stolen. It was appraised a few years back & is estimated at the complete price of $75,000. It hung on the wall in the ballroom of the ‘Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa’ located north of Santa Fe N.M. The spread & measurement of the rug covers 6 by 10 feet. It was reportedly last seen by employees on Tuesday afternoon Nov. 20. Local police authorities say that they have no primary suspects but have considerable leads in the theft of the pricey rug.
The Navajo Indian nation is known for their strong cultural beliefs that materialize through their paintings, music, jewelry, beadwork & in this case beautifully weaved rug designs. Their traditional influence is massive throughout the American southwest. They have the largest Indian tribal reservation boundaries covering three U.S. states including Arizona, New Mexico & Utah.
The ‘Crown-point Navajo rug auction’ is the largest in north America. The ‘crown-point rug weavers association’ was initiated back in 1968 at Crown-point, N.M. The annual rug auction dates are Sept. 14 – Oct. 12 – Nov. 9 – Dec. 14, 2012 at the Crown-point elementary school. According to the official website they say that – “We are the main rug auction and craft sale on the Navajo reservation. Leave behind the usual tourist fare and see hundreds of exquisite handmade Navajo rugs. Our tribe’s rugs are world famous, and New Mexico is beautiful! – Before the actual auction, you can hold rugs in your hands and appreciate them up close. Some sell for $50 or less, and some sell for thousands of dollars. Even if you don’t buy anything, you are in for a treat. No two rugs are alike!!”
Noted mystery writer Tony Hillerman wrote, “The Shapeshifter” back in 2007 & it surrounded the theft of a spectacular Navajo rug. Publisher Harper/ Collins has the synopsis right here, – “Retirement has never sat well with former Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn. Now the ghosts of a still-unsolved case are returning to haunt him, reawakened by a photograph in a magazine spread of a one-of-a-kind Navajo rug, a priceless work of woven art that was supposedly destroyed in a suspicious fire many years earlier. The rug, commemorating one of the darkest and most terrible chapters in American history, was always said to be cursed, and now the friend who brought it to Leaphorn’s attention has mysteriously gone missing. – With newly wedded officers Jim Chee and Bernie Manuelito just back from their honeymoon, the legendary ex-lawman is on his own to pick up the threads of a crime he’d once thought impossible to untangle. And they’re leading him back into a world of lethal greed, shifting truths, and changing faces, where a cold-blooded killer still resides.”