Lani Hansen/Senior Reporter
TULSA, Oklahoma– A father and daughter have opened a local store selling handcrafted Native American items on historic Route 66 in Tulsa.
David Bible (Muscogee (Creek)/Hopi) and his daughter Ashley Bible started their own business over eight years ago as a vendor at powwows and other events.
The Bible family come from the ceremonial ground of Broken Arrow and belong to the clan of the birds. On their Hopi side, they come from the Coyote clan. David’s mother is Hopi from northeastern Arizona.
The name of David and Ashley’s store is called Southwest Trading Company.
“We named this Southwest Trading Company, because we really love Southwestern Pueblo jewelry, pottery, designs and styles,” David said. “We also try to incorporate our tribes into the 39 Tribes of Oklahoma and try to wear some of their designs, skirts and beads to incorporate Oklahoma’s history.”
After eight years of outside activities, a few customers gave David and his daughter the idea of opening a physical store. They started their next chapter by finding a space to open a store until the COVID pandemic started, then their search came to a halt.
In 2021, they met a man who knew where the store is now.
“We’re in the Meadow Gold district of Route 66, and the community has been really welcoming,” David said. “The community that lives here, they remember Indian shops from the past. So they come in and see what we have.
Many of their items are handcrafted by Hopi artists from New Mexico and the Arizona area. They also bring in artwork from local artists representing the Osage, Pawnee, Muscogee (Creek), and Absentee Shawnee tribes. David said they do consignment and redemption items.
Along with opening the store, Bibles wants to venture into online marketing, but that seems like a long-term plan. They have Facebook for customers to check out or place orders.
“We advise people to watch our Facebook page for any promotions we may have,” David said. “We always have new products coming in, so our store changes all the time and we ask people to come back weekly or check our Facebook.”
David said that without Pauline Tsosie their business would not be where it is today.
“She was getting too busy selling blankets and stuff at powwows, and asked if we wanted to try,” he said. “So eight years ago we started in a little powwow in Stilwell and ended up growing from there.”
With the store opening, David is grateful to have the help of his daughter Ashley and granddaughter Marley whom they refer to as the mini CEO.
Southwest Trading Company is located on the Peoria side of 1306 E. 11th St, Tulsa, OK.
Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and closed on Monday.