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Some Anticipated Questions

 

Q: Who owns Northwest Art and Collectibles?

A: Rodney Michel as a Sole Proprietor.

 

Q: What kind of business is Northwest Art and Collectibles?

A: Online Part-Time Business focused on ancient and modern Native American art as well as Mining, Cowboy, Railroad, Canadian and American Culture related collectibles.

 

Q: When was Northwest Art and Collectibles Created?

A: Officially as of January 1, 2010.

 

Q: Where is Northwest Art and Collectibles Located?

A: 3529 Pinnacle Bay Point, Little Elm, Texas 75068

 

Q: Why was Northwest Art and Collectibles Started?

A: As a personal choice to parlay collecting into a profitable part time business.

 

Q: Is Northwest Art and Collectibles a Legitimate Business?

A: Yes, I am legally licensed with the Texas State Comptrollers Office and have an Employee Identification Number registered with the IRS.

 

Q: Why are You Selling the bulk of Your Personal Collection?

A: My interests have changed from ancient to more modern art such as Huichol yarn paintings, Navajo sand paintings, and SW silversmithing. I am back into hot-rodding, specifically Shelby GT500 Mustangs and other muscle cars. Am saving up to purchase a home. Well-provenanced legacy collections have been nearly impossible to acquire.  Rapid cost escalation has curtailed my ability to acquire high quality flint. Politics, legalities, lack of archaeologist / amateur consensus regarding education, sharing of ideas, preservation, ownership, and site reporting with stewardship opportunities play roles in my decision to move in a different direction. It is time for someone else to be able to enjoy curating some of my collectibles.

 

Q: What is your Background and Credentials?

A: I am of Italian and Irish-Scottish descent. My immediate family lives in the United States and Canada, so I love both countries. Some of my family members have some Native American ancestry through my Granny Mable Gatewood Pemberton whom passed away after battling cancer several decades ago. I have been collecting Indian Art for 33 years. Graduated from the British Columbia Institute of Technology with a Diploma of Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering Technology in 2001. Completed my Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering with a Minor Degree in Mathematics at Montana Tech of the University of Montana in 2004 where I was nominated and accepted into Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honor Society). In the past I was a licensed Free Miner in British Columbia as well as a member of the British Columbia Lapidary and Mineral Society. I currently am a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Genuine Indian Relic Society, the American Chemical Society as well as member of the Center for the Study of the First Americans and soon to be a lifetime member of the Loveland Archaeological Society. During my journey I have worked as Claims Manager / Field Geologist in the Yukon Territory and Province of British Columbia, a Wellsite Petroleum Geologist aka "Mud Logger" on approximately 150 oil and gas wells in the Permian and Delaware Basins,  as a Reservoir Engineer performing surveillance, redevelopment, conformance and development duties in a world class enhanced oil recovery / CO2 sequestration project in West Texas, and now as a Senior Reservoir Engineering working CO2 floods located in Mississippi.

 

Q: What is your Core Expertise with Respect to Collectibles?

A: My core expertise is in identifying stones and flintknapping lithics, ancient manufacturing techniques, ancient tool functionality, Paleo Indian into early Archaic projectile point typology, knives, and tool types from Far Western North America. I am currently studying Shamanism in the Far West, Silversmithing in the Southwest and Northwest, and Paleo Indian migration theory along the Pacific Coast.

 

Q: Do you authenticate Art and Collectibles?
A: Yes, but only after I have acquired items for my business inventory, in which I provide a Certificate of Evaluation and Provenance on most items I sell. In other words, I do not provide fee-based third party authentication services.

 

Q: Do you purchase Art and Collectible Collections?

A: Yes only if the seller is willing to sign a notarized contract containing the following elements: 1) That all items were found on private property 2) The location of said private property 3) That no digging into burials was involved 4) The items are not stolen 5) That none of the items came from a protected archaeological site, state park, federal park, BLM land or Indian lands. I will consider Modern Art as this should  present absolutely no problems to anybody even those with extreme views. When making these purchases a simple receipt from artist or vendor is sufficient, but gathering provenance could provide long term investment upside.

 

Q: So does that mean you are opposed to Artifact Trading?

A: No, obviously I am selling my personal collection on this website. Any sales must respect ethical curation practices and each within the legal parameters of law. With prehistoric items, given the importance of legal acquisition and ownership, written documentation is mandatory. In general, items found on private property, items as part of legacy type of collections assembled prior to the 1960's found by reputable individuals are what I will consider. I automatically avoid items that involve human remains, feathers, furs, prayer sticks, or core religious context or where found in modern times on Federal, State, or Tribal Lands including rivers, lakes, dams, parks, landmarks, and recreation areas. Items made of ceramics, I do not consider at all anymore given that many of these are funerary in context coupled with the extreme difficulty and expense in determining ancient authenticity.  

 

Q: Do you have Legal Representation?

A: Yes, I have on retainer a couple of accredited attorneys, one of which is top notch legal council with expertise in ARPA and NAGPRA Statutes and have decided that as part of my due diligence going forward, that I will pay my legal council to review purchase and sales contract documentation as needed.

 

Q: How would you handle a Situation where it was discovered that the Artifact was Looted or Stolen?

A: Great question! At the moment there is no amnesty against prosecution for buyers whom have been victimized by criminals selling them looted or stolen items. This said, the situation is similar to what Pawn Shop businesses experience where thieves from time to time manage to slip a hot item past management and it is usually only when law enforcement makes rounds during investigations that the true origin becomes apparent. It is very important to know whom you are doing business with and ask critical questions. If you don't feel 100% confident that the person you are dealing with is honest and ethical, then I would advise not doing business with them. A theoretical example: You just made a  purchase at auction and the person sent you provenance that they found the item on land managed by the Federal Forest Service, you have a legal obligation to surrender the item, but given how the laws are worded, I strongly urge you to seek professional legal council and have them arrange a meeting with your local Attorney General in order to surrender the item in a responsible, law-abiding manner, plus be willing to provide them with information required in order to strengthen their hand in securing an indictment and prosecution of the criminals whom loot and damage our public lands. Under no circumstances return the item to the seller as in theory you could be charged with trafficking in stolen federal or state property across state lines. Some outlaws in the relic collecting community may criticize my position, but frankly I am not concerned with their delicate sensibilities or their opinion of me as a person, nor should you be either. The fact of the matter is that one way or another the Federal Government not only in the US, but in Canada as well as other nations have made it clear that going forward, that they will continue  enforcement of existing laws in order to prosecute individuals whom they perceive are responsible for illegal trafficking not only in ancient artifacts, but also coins, war relics, fossils, and even some minerals.

 

Q: Why should we Sell to You or Ethical Collectors or Dealers you might Recommend?

A: I am an ethical collector whom will pay you a fair price for your Art and Collectibles. In addition, I am willing to tailor an agreement that works best for you and your family. If for example, you wish to have your collection evaluated with a verbal ballpark estimate, we will do this free of charge with the stipulation that your provide me 1st right of refusal prior to selling the collection. If you require an evaluation in person, I can do this will some planning of logistics, provided that beforehand you send me decent quality pictures and basic background information as to how, when, why, where, and by whom the collection was assembled. I am willing to provide to you a color printed catalog index copy of your collection as well as more detailed information on key items as part of the purchase process. At this time NWAC has a business relationship with Mike Knighton of Renegade Artifacts.

 

Q: What is your Position on Stolen Artifacts or Items Removed from Federal, State or Tribal Lands?

A: Very simple, if someone deceives me into purchasing an item that later I learn is stolen or removed from Federal, State or Tribal property, the first thing I will do is contact my criminal defense attorney for advice on how to proceed with turning over this illicit item to the appropriate Federal or State Attorney General's Office. As part of this process, I will provide as lawfully required all information involving the timeframe, costs, shipping, and other circumstances as to how this property came into my possession. I have worked extremely hard and sacrificed much in order to be productive in life and it is my plan to continuing living as responsibly as I know how and maintain my privileges and liberties. Therefore Northwest Art and Collectibles has a zero tolerance attitude towards theft, fencing of stolen goods, looting, pot hunting, tweaking, twigging, etc...

 

Q: Doesn't Collecting Artifacts Facilitate the Destruction of our Nation's Heritage?

A: This is a question that has many facets. On one hand, the answer is Yes, because there are legitimate markets where economic consideration is exchanged for goods and services that the criminal element wishes to tap into. On the other hand, more often than not, the real history vandal is modern progress itself, therefore many artifacts are recovered from the plow or construction zone that otherwise would be lost or destroyed. Then there is the issue of legacy collections where about 5-6 decades ago, it was an American past time to load up the jalopy, head for the rivers, lakes, deserts, and mountains for an outing of surface collecting Indian artifacts. This resulted in huge collections assembled where record keeping was the domain of a few enlightened advocational archaeologists like Carrol B. Howe, John Cowells,  and LL Val Valdivia while most people simply chose a landmark to name their frames without a single thought to recording the site location information.

 

Q: Why not Just Donate Your Items to Museums?
A: That is a great question. This past summer I contacted several different museums and universities with the idea of endowing them with my modest NW Coast ground stone collection. The response was on average very condescending, parochial, greedy and overall negative. What surprised me more than anything was the demand that some institutions expect a large cash donation, in one instance, $250,000, in order to facilitate the acceptance of my donation. Also, for those thinking that might be a good way to get a tax deductible receipt, well unless you have inside connections and have something they desperately want, your chances are slim to none in achieving that aim.

Then there is the issue as to whether the museum or institution is even legitimate or will be around long term. Regardless, I believe there are legitimate museums and institutions willing and able to work with the public in a professional and responsible manner. I am relying upon you to help direct me to whom these people are and I will be happy to post their contact information on my website.

 

Q: What Kind of Positive Results are Achievable as the result of Art and Collectible Hobbies?

A: Wisdom = knowledge applied in action. Education about our land, cultures, history, current issues, science, technology. Friendships that can last a lifetime. Respect for our or our neighbors ancestors. Organizational skills. Economic investment potential. Productive use of time. Learning more about ourselves and as human beings.

 

Home Pacific Coast Paintings / Prints
About Us Columbia Plateau Paintings / Prints 2
Sales Policy Northern Great Basin Perishables / Basketry
Contact Southern Great Basin Beads/Ornamentals
Ordering Rockies Misc Collectibles
Certificate Info Southern Plains Books
Personal Collection Texas 1 Flintknapping Art
Items on Hold Texas 2 Metalwork
Sold Items Central Sculpture / Carvings
Clearance Eastern Seaboard Pre Columbian
Clearance 2 Midwest Region Old World

Rodney Michel

406.490.1091

roddiemichel@yahoo.com

 


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