Purveyors of American Indian & Indigenous Art
- ABOUT US
Mary Millicent Abigail Rogers(1902 -1953) The Standard Oil heiress lived in New York and became a fashion icon. By the 1920's she was well known on the social scene, often featured in Vogue and Harpers Bazaar, newspapers and gossip columns. Ahead of her times, she wore Couture gowns accented with Indian jewellery, a combination that has often been credited with the Native arts reaching a national and international audience, then later on influencing the likes of major fashion designers like Ralph Lauren. In the mid-1940's, Millicent retreated to a small adobe home in Taos, New Mexico. Whilst living there, she purchased more than 2,000 Native American artifacts. Later in life, she became an activist and was among the first celebrities to champion the cause of Native American civil rights. In 1947, Rogers along with other prominent friends hired lawyers and visited Washington, D.C. promoting the issue of Indian rights and citizenship. She also successfully lobbied for Native American art to be classified as historic, and therefore protected. In 1956, the Rogers family founded the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, New Mexico.