This is a series of posts spotlighting Arizona businesses that share their products with Sibley's West, as part of the "Small Business Boost" award efforts of 3TV/CBS 5, BNC National Bank, the Arizona Small Business Association and Cox Business.
One of Sibley's West's best resources is the Kachina House operation in Sedona, which has helped the store connect with dozens of talented Native American artists in Arizona through the years.
Horsehair pottery, wedding vases, talking sticks and rattles are just a few items we feature from artists like the Whitegoat family and the Bennetts. The cigar-store Indian was carved by the Gallaghers in Wickenburg.
Since 2004, Kachina House has grown from a small store to the largest distributor of Native American pieces in Arizona through the efforts of three women: Toby Frank, Judy Frank and Patty Topel.
Toby and Judy hail from Pittsburgh.
At an early age, Toby she became involved in international education and intercultural efforts.
She trained trainers for the Peace Corps, did corporate training for international companies and later was president of an independent intercultural publishing house in the northeastern United States.
Judy was involved in intercultural and international education at the university level. Her job as an attorney at the University of Pittsburgh kept her tied to the eastern seaboard.
But she felt the pull of the Southwest, attracted by the pottery and textiles of native peoples. Similarly, Toby developed an attraction to New Mexico and Arizona on trips and tried to learn as much as she could about Katsinam and fetishes.
They made it to Arizona in 2004.
Patty is from Great Falls, Mt. and has used her study of art in virtually every job she has had, from designing logos to putting together magazines and books.
Her lifetime in the cold weather of the northern states inspired her move to a warmer climate, and brought her to Sedona.
Please join us in acknowledging this talented trio with a love of the cultures and arts of the indigenous people of North America.