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Florence Riggs
Bill Foutz, Shiprock Trading Post
commercial yarn
29 3/4 x 47 5/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Born into a family of Navajo weavers, Florence Riggs is now recognized as a leader in the contemporary pictorial weaving movement. She uses traditional techniques, but buys commercially dyed yarn and draws her subject matter from magazine illustrations as well as her own experience of contemporary Navajo life. In this scene of the trading post in Shiprock, Arizona, traditional Navajo weavings hang on a wall, while Bill Foutz assists customers with their purchases.