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Midnight Pondering
Midnight Pondering  

Midnight Pondering
Midnight Pondering  
Anthony Chee Emerson gave this picture to my mother-in-law in 1982 when they lived in Fort Wingate and their kids went to Rehoboth school.  It says 16 of 25 in the bottom left corner and is called Midnight Pondering, signed by Anthony Chee Emerson in pencil.  I don't know anything about art so I'm not sure what it is as far as an etching or drawing??  The picture is flat.  I'm wondering if you can tell me the medium (etching, drawing, etc) and if it has any value (provided the pictures are good enough for you to determine).  Thank you

I can't really  make a complete judgment on the exact nature of the printing process used to reproduce the original work here, from the images provided, but it seems to be a stone lithograph of an ink/wash drawing. For valuation you would need to contact an appraiser recommended by the Southwest American Indian Arts Association in Santa Fe, NM., or one of the many arts dealers in Gallup, NM, to see if this artist has a following. I would expect that it would have cost somewhere in the range of $95.00 - 175.00 when it was first offered, based on our own purchases of similar work at the time. Hope this helps.

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As a direct reservation trader in all aspects of American Indian arts since 1985, I've answered questions regarding cultural property issues, origins of traditional crafts, materials and techniques, collecting, authenticity, symbols and, of course, repairs! We have operated a retail gallery since that time, bricks and mortar until 2007 and online since 1996. Our online operation closed in 2/2015, to allow me to finally write full-time. My writing site can be found at I'll be adding a book or two from our trader experiences under the pen name of W.T. Durand and the rest of my fiction is under my own name. We are not "New Age" practitioners of adopted American Indian religious ceremonies or combined philosophies. If you are seeking such knowledge for spiritual reasons, we will only provide answers that address factual information on these subjects. Unless one is raised in a traditional, American Indian family with language, culture and religious belief intact, we don't believe that simply applying the trappings or cultural property of a given traditional group will give a non-Indian (Native if you prefer)any insight other than the academic.


My primary focus is on Southwester American Indian Nations and their people, but I also have experience in Plains and Northeastern traditions, having engaged in active trade and retail since 1985 and study for most of my life. I am not claiming any expertise at all in the work, techniques, lifeways or crafts that are made by the Native People of Mexico. They are not the same, either linguistically or culturally but certainly their crafts deserve discussion and appraisal by those who are able to provide real information.

I was a guest on Fox Network "Lifestyles" program, during the 1990s, to discuss how to tell forgeries, and authenticating jewelry as Native American work. I have also written extensively for our website, and our Ebay Store.

UofO, 1970 active in the Authentic American Indian Arts business and direct Trader since 1985. Graphic Designer and published novelist.

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