^
Keep New Times Free
4

Behind the Scenes of Scottsdale's Hatuma African Gallery with Hatuma Sissoko (VIDEO)

We're on a mission to highlight ethnic shops in Phoenix. Every week, we'll bring our notebooks and cameras into local boutiques and specialty stores to talk to the characters who own them. Who says Phoenix has no culture? Not us.

Location: Hatuma African Gallery, 7033 E Main St. # 104, Scottsdale

Since Hatuma African Gallery is located in Scottsdale's arts district, you can easily make it one of many stops when you visit the surrounding boutiques and galleries.

The space is packed with history and all items are in plain sight -- no digging or perusing necessary. The problem beauty of the shop is that everything is so visually stimulating, we didn't know where to start.

History: Sissoko's father is from Mali, West Africa and imports antiques to sell wholesale to collectors and museums. To make the artifacts more accessible, she opened the gallery three years ago and provides a selection of inventory from her dad's warehouse.

Specialty/Services: She sells West and Central African antique art including jewelry, statues, masks, and fabric. There are also modern pieces Sissoko gets custom-made during her travels.

Most interesting piece: 3-foot wooden Baga snake from 19th century Guinea. It's displayed as a sculpture, but traditionally it was used as a headdress by special dancers in the Baga tribe. After some Internet digging, we found that some Baga snakes have a home in the Louvre. For about $4,000, Sissoko's Baga snake can have a home in your living room.

We would purchase: Sterling silver jewelry from the Tuareg people. It would run us anywhere from $60 to $300 to take home the intricate, etched silver pieces.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

Why we love it: Items like this aren't just floating around Etsy or Amazon. Hatuma African Gallery would be just fine as a museum, but the fact that you could fill your home with its art is a bonus.

Sissoko even pulled out a map to show us where the Tuareg people (and their exquisite jewelry) come from. We love that Sissoko wants educate customers so they know exactly how lucky they are to have such an antique piece.

Whether the goal is to reconnect with your roots or appreciate cultures that were all but wiped out, Hatuma African Gallery is well worth a visit.

Follow Jackalope Ranch on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.