About the Owners
The three women who own Kachina House have a passion for the indigenous peoples of North America.
Toby Frank was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. At an early age she became involved in international education and intercultural communication. She has 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. The southwest kept pulling her, so on vacations she would travel to New Mexico and Arizona to see the sites and learn anything she could about the people who created the artwork, particularly Katsinam and fetishes.
Judy Frank was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Judy became involved in intercultural and international education at the university level. Throughout her adult life Judy has been drawn to the pottery and textiles of the southwestern Native peoples. Her job as an attorney at the University of Pittsburgh kept her tied to the eastern seaboard. She, too,felt the pull to the southwest and specifically to Santa Fe, where she would travel whenever she could. She would browse through the shops and historical sites gaining more knowledge about these artists and the beautiful pottery and weavings they create. Finally, she shed her lawyer’s role and relocated to Sedona.
Patty Topel was born and raised in Great Falls, MT. She studied art from the time she was a little girl and has spent her life using it in every job she had, from designing logos, magazines, books, and even egg cartons. Her lifetime in the cold weather of the northern states and a desire to move to a warmer climate brought her to Sedona to help run and grow Kachina House. Patty has always had an affinity toward the history of the artifacts and Cigar Store Indians.
All three of us enjoy sharing our love of the cultures and arts of the indigenous people of North America. This passion for what we do and the cultures we are helping keep alive has allowed us to take Kachina House from a small shop to the largest distributor of Native American arts in Arizona. Please stop by and let us show you some of the beautiful arts and crafts created by the indigenous people of North America.
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To all of you, from all of us at Kachina House - Thank you!