Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico - home of noted Native American jewelry& pottery.

Barbara Vellrath
Barbara Vellrath

Born in Williamsburg, Virginia, Barbara has lived in New Castle, Delaware for more than 30 years. This colonial town satisfies her eagerness to “live with history”. She and her husband Andy, have restored their home built prior to 1800. 

An even earlier period of American history became important during childhood. Finding ancient Indian arrowheads on family property along the Chickahominy River near Williamsburg, she learned that early Indians lived and hunted there. This artifact collection developed a growing awareness of the country’s first people. 

Receiving gifts of Navajo and Zuni jewelry expanded Barbara's interest in American Indians from the southwest. Years later, she purchased a Navajo bracelet from a gallery in Pennsylvania and a close friendship developed with proprietor, Jeanne Loomis. 

While still teaching, Barbara traveled with Jeanne to Arizona and New Mexico to buy Indian jewelry and art for Jeanne’s gallery. The opportunity to meet Indian artists and to buy pieces for a growing personal collection, formed the core idea of opening a gallery after retiring from education. 

Working hard during the spring and summer of 2005, Barbara and Andy had the Cactus Wren Gallery ready to open. After returning from Indian Market in Santa Fe, the business was launched. 

The gallery provides Barbara a wonderful opportunity to meet people and share her enthusiasm for the jewelry and art. Equally important, she can continue the friendship and support of the many talented Indian artists whose work she offers for sale.


Arrowheads found along the Chickahominy River.

Cactus Wren Gallery