Other significant collections include Apache baskets, katsinas, Plains beadwork and Peyote-cult materials, as well as a range of beautiful southwestern textiles, such as Navajo Chief’s blankets, and Hispanic weavings from the Rio Grande Valley.
The display of the 7,000 object-strong permanent collections can be viewed in 10 galleries in the Museum, which are complemented by temporary or loan exhibitions, as well as contemporary accomplishments by artists. A particular highlight of the Millicent Rogers Museum is the spectacular collection of turquoise jewelry once owned by Millicent Rogers herself and includes the famous ‘Tab Necklace’ that she bought for $5,000 in the 1940s.
Another outstanding display which should not be missed is the permanent exhibition of materials donated by the family of famed San Ildefonso Pueblo potter, Maria Martinez, who was the first Native American potter of the 20th century. This fascinating exhibit explores the history of Pueblo pottery making and shows some magnificent examples of the trade.
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