Collections Corner

Tohono Chul is a unique urban desert garden with nature trails and cultural programs. In the 1980s, the Wilsons established Tohono Chul, 37-acres, to protect and preserve this parcel of Sonoran Desert, and donated 65 pieces from Suzanne Colton Wilson’s collection to establish the gardens’s Permanent Collection. Today, we have grown to 49 acres with a Permanent Collection with over 350 objects.

To help support our Tohono Chul, pieces from five collections that have been gifted and not accessioned into the Permanent Collection are now available for purchase.

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Request to see more items available in each collection. Please email exhibits@tohonochul.org to make arrangements.

Office Hours: Monday – Friday from 10am to 4pm

Disclaimer: Please note, items are sold in as-is condition. Not all items in each Collection are available on the website due to the amount of available items, but are still available for purchase, so please email exhibits@tohonochul.org for more information.


The Elinor Lamont Hallowell Collection of
Patriotic Native American Art

In United States history, the American flag has been infused with a great many ideologies, serving as a medium for solidarity, personal expression and social commentary. Through a variety of patriotic Native American artworks donated to Tohono Chul by Elinor Lamont Hallowell, these pieces provided a unique view of the American flag and the inextricable nature of symbolism and the human experience.

Mrs. Hallowell participated in several of Tohono Chul’s travel Ed-ventures, visiting locations throughout Arizona and New Mexico. What began as a casual interest soon developed into a passionate pursuit. This diverse collection, exhibited at Tohono Chul in 2014, includes works created by Sioux, Navajo, Iroquois and other Native American artisans, all of whose motivation has sprung from different experiences and events in American history.

Lidded Passamaquoddy Basket

Pleated basket with folded, dimensional splints in red, white, & blue creating decorative bands by Passamaquoddy artist Judy Lola

Fancy Dancer

Sandstone dancing figure with feathered shield and United States flag design by Navajo artist Jerome Toledo

Leaping Horse Dance Stick

Wooden dance stick painted in United States flag design by Brulé Sioux artist Marlin Kills-in-Sight

Flag Messenger

Mild steel feather on a triangular base, painted with United States flag motif by Hopi artist Bryson Nequatewa

Child’s Beaded Vest, 1890

Pictorial, fully beaded, buckskin vest by Unknown Sioux artist

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Teepee Ornament

Carved and painted teepee with stars and stripes by Unknown Navajo artist

Beaded Moccasins

Beaded white deer skin moccasins by Unknown Cheyenne artist

High Spitits

Painted and carved Uncle Sam riding a bucking horse and holding a United States flag by Navajo artist Delbert Buck

Clown Gourd Bank

Painted gourd to resemble a Hopi Clown with a slot carved on the top by Navajo artist Hilton Hongeva

United States Flag Steer Skull

Patriotic steer by Apache artist I.M.R. Arkadie

Beaded Knife Sheath

Beaded deer skin knife sheath by Blackfeet artist Diana Passmore

Pair of Beaded Child’s Cuffs

Cuffs with snap closure by Unknown Plateau Artist

United States Flag Belt Buckle

Silver belt buckle with inset beaded United States flag by Navajo artist Timothy Tsosie

Beaded Pouch Necklace

Loom – woven pouch necklace by Navajo artist Linda William

Eagle Head Ornament

Carved eagle head painted with United States flag motif by Navajo artist Marvin Jim

Stars N’ Stripes Mule

Grinning mule with bared teeth painted with a United States flag motif by Navajo artist Iveta Sherman.

Horse Sandstone Carving

Sandstone horse with painted main, tail, eyes, bridle, and a United States flag by Navajo artist Homer Warren

Ride to Live – Live to Ride

Carved and painted wooden Navajo woman riding a motorcycle by Navajo artist Delbert Buck

Flag Pictorial Weaving

Wool pictorial weaving with Monument Valley scene by Navajo artist Joanne Begay

Eagle Dancer

Cherokee Eagle Dancer with an American flag by Cherokee artist Jesse T. Hummingbird


The David and Lura Lovell Collection

After selling their profitable companies, David and Lura Lovell established a family foundation to help support the mental health industry based on the decades of work Lura has done on behalf of their son and others. The foundation was a lifelong dream of the Lovell’s. Lura also had a love and appreciation of the Desert Southwest and the artwork created here. Since 1989, she collected over 100 pieces of contemporary Native American and Mexican artwork. She had a great love and appreciation for the art and gardens of Tohono Chul, so much so that several of the outdoor spaces at her home were inspired by the gardens of Tohono Chul. After she passed in 2013, she donated her art collection to Tohono Chul.

Picasso Marble Owl Fetish

Picasso marble owl with blue and black eyes by Zuni artist Christine Banteah

Dragonfly Pin

Sterling silver pin in the shape of a dragonfly with inlaid coral and oxidized sugilite by Navajo artist Ric Charlie

Serpentine Bear Fetish

Brown Serpentine Bear Fetish with black eyes by Zuni artists Aaron and Thelma Sheche

Gold, Turquoise and Coral Ring

14K gold ring with turquoise and coral by Navajo artist Victor Beck

Wide Ruins Regional Weaving

Miniature wide ruins regional style weaving by Navajo artist Lucy Manks

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Gold and Coral Bracelet

14K gold v-shaped, side-wrap bracelet with coral by San Felipe artist Richard Chavez

Five-strand clam shell heishi necklace

28in five strand clam shell heishi necklace by Santo Domingo artists Joe and Terry Reano

Pipestone Buffalo Fetish

Pipestone buffalo circa 1950-1960 by Unknown Sioux Artist

Pipestone Snake Fetish

Red pipestone incised snake with blue eyes by Zuni artist Darren Shebola

Pipestone Horned Lizard Fetish

Pipestone horned lizard with blue eyes by Zuni artists Fabian Tsethlikai

Dolomite Mole Fetish

Dolomite mole with blue eyes by San Felipe artist Melvin Sandoval

Serpentine Badger Fetish

Serpentine badger with blue eyes by San Felipe artist Melvin Sandoval

Alabaster Bear Fetish

Alabaster bear with a long neck and stone bundle by Cherokee artist Tom Hayes

Alabaster Horse with Bundle Fetish

Alabaster horse with black eyes and a black stone bundle by Zuni artist Virginia Toombs

Serpentine and Cowrie Shell Turtle Fetish

Green/Gray Serpentine and cowrie shell turtle with black eyes by Zuni artists Fabian Homer

Dolomite Ram Fetish

Dolomite ram with blue eyes and petroglyph like symbols carved on its bod by Zuni artist Ulysses Mahkee

Six Directional Fetish Set

by Navajo artist Jayne Quam

Sterling Silver and Turquoise Bolo

Sterling silver bolo with Morenci turquoise in a shadow box setting. by an Unknown Artist

14K Gold, Sterling Silver, Coral and Turquoise Bolo

by Navajo artist Victor Beck

Gallup Squares

Three gallup squares in various designs and colors by Unknown Navajo Artist


The Agnes T. and Don L. Smith Collection

Agnes Smith and her husband Don had a fondness for the native cultures of the Southwest, frequently traveling and purchasing objects for their collection. Mrs. Smith had warm feelings for Tohono Chul and wanted to share her collection so that our visitors might appreciate and enjoy these fine Native American crafts as she did.

A majority of the Smith Collection has been accessioned into our Permanent Collection and the rest are now available for purchase. Included in this collection are fine examples of Native American basketry, pottery and Navajo weavings.

Lidded Whale and Boat Design Basket

Purple whale and boat design on basket with wider weave on lid by Unknown Nootka Artist

Mother Earth Sandpainting

Mother Earth sandpainting with symbols of fertility by Navajo artist Lenora Price

Lidded Wolf Design Basket

Wolf head design on basket in green and red with sun design on the lid by Unknown Quinault Artist

Carved Spoon

Carved spoon with mother of pearl inlay on edge, circa 1900 by Unknown Tlingit Artist

Interlocking Diamond Weaving

Red, black, orange and white interlocking diamonds by Unknown Navajo Artist

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Small Nootka Lidded Basket

Small lidded basket with wave design by Unknown Nootka Artist

Twined Basket with Whale Tooth Design

Basket with flaring sides and whale tooth design by Unknown Quinault Artist

Black and White Greenware Jar

Black and White Greenware Jar by Ute Mountain Tribe artist LP

Double Spouted Greenware Vase

Carved and painted greenware double spouted vase or wedding vase by Unknown Acoma Artist

Turtle Shell Rattle

Turtle shell rattle with leather wrapped wooden handle by Unknown Cherokee Artist

Coiled Basket with Imbricate Overlay

Coiled basket with an imbricated overlay and tree of life design by Unknown Yakima Artist

Winnowing Basket

Shallow, teardrop shaped basket by Unknown Washoe Artist

Cone-Shaped Basket with Six Pointed Star Design

Cone shaped basket with red and black star design by Unknown Tlingit Artist

Twined Basket

Closed weave with black zig-zag bands by Unknown Yurok Artist

Basket with Netting Design

Coiled Bowl with black netting design by Unknown Yurok Artist

Vase-Shaped Basket

Vase-shaped basket with two dark saw-like designs by Unknown Great Basin or Philippine Artist

Geometric Design Basket with Lid

Straight-sided basket with close fitting cover by Unknown Philippine Artist

Black and Red Geometric Design Bowl

Geometric design in black and red by Unknown Casas Grandes Reproduction Artist

Black Jar with Fish Design

Black jar with fish patterns around the middle by Mata Oritz-Quezada artist Hilario Quezada

Black, White and Red Geometric Design Greenware Jar

Greenware Jar with black, white and red geometric designs by Isleta artist Feli-Jojola


The Linda Staubitz Collection

This small collection came to Tohono Chul in 2014 and contains fine examples of Hopi and Navajo culture.

Jasper Bolo Tie

Jasper and sterling silver bolo tie and tips. ts impact on the arts in Arizona.

Koshare Pot with Watermelon

Multiple Koshare Katsinams surrounding the top of the ceramic bowl looking at a watermelon at the bottom of the bowl.

Spiral Effect

Circular print of horses

Arrow Design Fireplace Tool Set

Metal fireplace tool set with arrow design containing a fireplace broom, fire iron and shovel.

Yei Weaving

Navajo weaving pictorial with four Yei’s and five tree’s of life.


Roland and Lila Wadsworth Bolo Tie Collection

After serving in WWII, Roland “Bob” Wadsworth graduated with a civil engineering degree and decided to spend the rest of his life in Arizona. Bob moved the Phoenix and with two other engineers, founded the Engineering Corporation and served as chief engineer for numerous projects on the Navajo reservation and became an admirer and friend of many talented artists and craftsmen. His fascination with beautiful bolo ties began with the purchase of his first one and the determination to never wear an ordinary tie again.

By 1977, the bolo tie collection amassed to 82 exquisite bolos designed in silver with inlays of coral, mother of pearl, malachite, lapis, sugilite, and turquoise. This gift to Tohono Chul follows Roland and Lila’s generous gift of the HORSE, a life size reclaimed metal sculpture from African artist Kioko Mwitiki that is permanently installed in Tohono Chul’s Cactus Circle.

Sio Salako Bolo Tie

Silver Sia Salako Hopi overlay with Hopicrafts hallmark

Helen Long Style Bolo Tie

Silver and turquoise Helen Long Style bolo with silver tips

Drum Design Bolo Tie

Drum design in silver and turquoise by Zuni artist Eddy Beyuka

Helen Long Style Bolo Tie

Silver and turquoise bolo with silver tips by Unknown Zuni Artist

Morenci Turquoise Bolo Tie

Silver and Morenci turquoise bolo with silver tips

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Zuni Knifewing Dancer Bolo Tie

Silver and turquoise Knifewing Dancer bolo with silver tips by Unknown Zuni Artist

Reversible Bolo Tie with Matching Cufflinks

On one side of the bolo has turquoise with a silver leaf and the other side has coral with silver designs by Navajo artist Ramon Platero

Turquoise Bolo Tie with Matching Ring

The bolo, tips and ring have silver leaves surrounding a piece of turquoise

Silver and Turquoise Bolo

Bolo and tips have silver leaf designs with Morenci or Kingman turquoise by Navajo artist Ramon Platero

Kokopelli Bolo Tie

Silver Kokopelli design bolo with silver tips

Eagle Bolo Tie

Eagle design bolo tie with eagle head tips by Zuni artists Ray and Bernice Wyaco

Cluster Style Bolo Tie

Coral, turquoise, and silver cluster style bolo tie.

Hoop Dancer Bolo Tie

Hoop dancer with four rings and silver tips by Zuni artist Eddie Beyuka

Hawk Bolo Tie

Perched hawk bolo tie with hawk head tips by Zuni artist Porfilio Sheyka

Mountain Lion Bolo Tie

Growling mountain lion bolo tie with claw and paw tips by Zuni artists Ray and Bernice Wyaco

Plains Indian Style Dancer Bolo Tie

Plains Indian Style Dancer Bolo Tie by Zuni artist Lavonne Lalio

Owl Bolo Tie

Owl head bolo tie and tips

Shalako Bolo Tie

Shalako style bolo tie with siver tips by Zuni artist Vera Luna

Cowry Shell Owl Bolo Tie

Cowry shell owl bolo with silver tips by Zuni artist Porfilio Sheyka

Coral Bolo Tie

Silver and coral oval cluster bolo tie with silver tips by Navajo artist S. Chavez


Want to see more?

Request a private tour to see more items available in each collection. Please email exhibits@tohonochul.org to make arrangements.

Drop-In & Pick-Up Hours: Monday – Friday from 10am to 4pm

Disclaimer: Please note items are sold in as-is condition. Collection items featured on the website are available for shipment, however picking up your purchased items is preferred. Not all items in each collection are available on the website due to their delicate nature, but are still available for purchase, so please email exhibits@tohonochul.org for more information.