Oak Creek Indian Art

About Us

Photo courtesy of John Crossley

Why Oak Creek Indian Art?

My name is Scott Bradley and I have come to Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona, Arizona either with my early family (mom and dad) or my later family (wife and kids) since the early 60's. It is a land of incredible beauty… and it points to an awesome God. I have also been a collector and lover of American Indian Art for over 30 years. After acquiring two little Fannie Nampeyo jars from a neighbor in Sedona and then taking my first trip to the Hopi mesas where we were invited to have mutton stew with a Hopi family and watch the Home Dance.... I was hooked.

Oak Creek and Indian Art..... they seemed to fit.

So, welcome to the site, our on-line gallery. I would very much like to share my passion for antique Indian art with you. I invite you to browse the gallery and call me or email me to talk about any item you would like. I think you will find that the items you see are of unusual quality, condition and value. We guaranty the authenticity of every item in the gallery.

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The following may likely be boring to you, but it makes me smile as I remember the joys of the Canyon and collecting and the wonderful people who have enriched my life. A special thanks and love to Mom, who was there in the beginning, encouraging, finding nice pieces, pointing out the fakes, and blessing me with little treasures. The only problem with Mom... she barters hard. And of course a special thanks and love to my wife, Marilyn. Without her love, support, encouragement it wouldn't be possible. When the box arrives, she says… "so let me see it… I like it…. I want to keep that one." We have fun together. And then..... the memories:

  • I remember my first Navajo rug purchase at an estate sale in LaGrange, IL. 25+ years ago, then the "beater" rugs at the auction in Naperville shortly thereafter.
  • I remember many trips purchasing Hopi pottery to bring back to galleries in Chicago where I traded and sold on consignment. I remember making the trek to Polacca one snowy, cold Christmas holiday to visit Dextra Quotskuyva. She rewarded me by handing me a 17" absolutely incredible fine line migration design olla and saying……"Merry Christmas!" (sadly for her and wonderfully for me – it had broken during firing. She had repaired it, but couldn't sell it as new).
  • I remember trading Dextra pottery with Marti Cusack (now Martha Struever) at the Indian Tree Gallery in Chicago.
  • I remember the "Antique Navajo Rugs" estate sale in Warrenville.
  • I remember stringing dried peppers with Pauline Setalla at the end of Antelope Mesa.... and then the time I was greeted with .."Quick! Come quick! The lambs are being born!"
  • I remember Pauline asking me to take her to the grocery store at Keams Canyon and as we passed the meat counter she turned and said, "Do you remember that large wedding vase on my top shelf?....."
  • I remember visiting with Fannie Nampeyo at her home in Polacca and Joy Navasie ( Frog Woman ) at her home on Antelope Mesa.
  • I remember being Justin Setalla's guest as he took us to see Awatovi ruin.
  • I remember purchasing a beautiful little Casas Grandes effigy olla (a real one) from Bob Ward's Trading Post in Sedona in the mid 1970's for $125, and selling it almost twenty years later at an auction in Chicago for... $35:(
  • I remember taking two suit cases of old Navajo rugs into the Rug Room at Hubbell's Trading Post, meeting Bill Malone and then leaving… without the rugs! I am grateful for the multi-year business relationship with Bill Malone and HTP.
  • I remember the friendly ladies at Walpi, Hano and Sichomovi calling out "Potteries"….. and inviting me to come in as I walked past their door. They had beautiful Hopi pottery.
  • I remember praying with Pauline Setalla at her home on Antelope Mesa over a fritos and Kool Aid lunch.
  • I remember visiting Thomas Polacca (son of Fannie Nampeyo) at his home in Tuba City in 1974 – the first year he began to sell pottery - and purchasing six dated and signed pieces. You won't find any earlier and these all in his earliest, traditional Hopi style.
  • I remember visiting Rose Gonzales at San Ildefonso, and her taking pity on this poor college student who loved her pottery. I paid $11 for a beautiful little gun-metal black jar.
  • And I can never forget Mr. Stamper and the Red Rock Shop in Sedona. After greeting Mom and Dad, my first stop was the Red Rock Shop and Mr. Stamper looking for new additions of artifacts and / or prehistoric pottery.
  • I remember the wonderful gift of the little Elizabeth White water olla from my friend Mudge who purchased it from Elizabeth White at the All Indian Pow Wow in Flagstaff in the early 1960's.
  • And then, the times with Ruth and George Kerr reminiscing of trips and people, Hopi pottery and Hopi baskets....
I remember the great fun playing, slipping and sliding at Slide Rock as a teenager in the mid 60's. I can never forget the years of trips into Sedona's back country with my dear friend and partner Gail Jobe...and the time drinking polly wogs because it was the only water we could find.

Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon are two incredible beautiful places that everyone should visit at least once; especially if you enjoy the art of the southwest that is so much a reflection of the rich, colorful, rugged land and the people who live there.

Welcome to Oak Creek Indian Art. Please look around and call or email with any questions or comments that you have. Thank you for your time and interest.

Sincerely, Scott Bradley