Old Town Gallery in Flagstaff, Arizona hosted the first annual Friends of Hubbell Treasure Trail, reminiscent of the popular Antiques Road Show on TV. Native American arts and crafts were the commodity, however.
All proceeds for the October 20, 2001 event will go to the Friends of Hubbell TPNHS, Inc. Native American Scholarship Fund.
For a mere $5 per item collectors or heirs of collections had their items appraised by experts in the field. William Beaver, Sacred Mountain Trading Post and Merlin J. Carlson, Of-The Earth, both of Flagstaff, appraised baskets from various tribes.
Bill Malone, Hubbell Trading Post, Ganado, Arizona and Bruce Burnham, R.B. Burnham Trading, Sanders, Arizona, Navajo rug experts, identified and appraised rugs.
Joan Caballero, appraiser and broker of southwest arts from Santa Fe, N.M. worked with pottery.
The event at Old Town Gallery, hosted by Wally and Ginger Blanchard, bubbled with excitement early on when private collectors, a mother and daughter, from Tempe, Arizona, arrived with several items to appraise.